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Youth doubtful of government’s one million jobs promise

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A cross-section of the youth in Ghana has cast doubts on President Akufo-Addo’s promise to create a million jobs before the 2024 polls.

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President Akufo-Addo, joining Muslims to celebrate this year’s Eid-ul-Adha at the National Mosque in Accra, announced that efforts were being made to reduce the country’s unemployment rate.

He said that the jobs will be created under the Ghana COVID-19 Alleviation and Revitalization of Enterprises Support (Ghana CARES) programme.

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Young people on the campus of the University of Ghana are doubtful that this promise will be fulfilled.

“It is a two-sided promise, it can be possible. If it can’t be possible it is dependent on our attitude as Ghanaians and the President fulfilling his promise as well,“ one student said.

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Another student said;

Personally I feel it is a good initiative because unemployment is very high in this country and creating jobs would reduce social vices in the country.
I think ; It is possible; it is 50- 50, we are just hoping for the best maybe we thinking he cannot do it because he has spent 4 years and he couldn’t do much but if he his able to do it, Voila! then glory be to God.

Another told UniversNews that;

“If only it is not an empty promise, because nowadays these politicians, they promise and they don’t deliver. However this gives me hope that I will complete school and have a job and those who have already completed too would have jobs to do.
“It will only be a good thing if we see it being implemented because the government promises and sometimes don’t deliver.”

Labour expert, Seth Abloso, is equally skepitcal about this promise.

He says that there a nmber of promises by the government have gone unfufilled, making it hard to believe that a million jobs will be created in the coming years.

‘There are a lot of unfulfilled promises that the government made and I’m cautious about what they make in the second term to say. They promised a certain wage for workers, we are talking about minimal wage and as we speak, they have not delivered. Pensioners were listed among the suffering and they still suffering.
They are many unfilled promises and this questions the credibility of the government. They should try as much as possible to fulfill all their promises. “

Seth Abloso called on the government to create sustainable jobs in the country in order to regain from the citizenry.


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