Government losing the battle against unemployment?

Government losing the battle against unemployment?

- The nature of unemployment in Ghana was revealed as 80,000 university graduates clamoured for 500 vacant seats in the Ghana Immigration Service

- It is predicted that political vigilantism will increase in Ghana during the 2020 elections

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There is no doubt in our minds that the gravest threat to Ghana at the moment is graduate unemployment.

Young Ghanaians in queue

Government losing the battle against unemployment?

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Statistics show that 48 percent of all university graduates don't have jobs and even the remaining 12 percent of those who have jobs are in careers they never planned to be in.

The NPP administration has expressed interest in creating the best opportunity for jobs in Ghana but from what many saw at the El Walk Stadium in Accra, it shows a clear disparity.

Though the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) opened vacancies for just 500 persons, over 80,000 applicants are partaking in the recruitment process.

Applicants in queues

Over 80,000 graduates applied for the vacancy for 500 spots

A recent report by the Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU) has warned that the prevailing issue of unemployment has the potential of spreading bouts of political vigilantism in Ghana, especially during the 2020 elections.

As it stands now, the government is introducing massive interventions to ease to the unemployment rates in the country.

This has been seen through the coming on board of the one-district-one-factory and planting for food and jobs which are both aimed at creating about 750,000 jobs.

Meanwhile, Deputy Minister for employment and labour relations, Bright Wireko Brobbey, has urged unemployed graduates to ease up their expectations when searching for a job.

Screening process at stadium

According to him, government's agenda for job creation in 2018 will be centered on agriculture and the expansion of infrastructure an job seekers will be employed along these lines.

Reports by the African Centre for Economic Transformation (ACET), indicates that government's grave challenge has been the rising youth unemployment which is estimated at 48 percent.

The government has assured to reverse this trend in 2018. Already, programs as the planting for food and jobs, one district one factory is believed to churn out over 750,000 jobs respectively.

Speaking on Joy FM, Bright Wireko-Brobbey, impressed on job seekers to take advantage of these job openings.

According to him, university graduates will have to relax their expectation of landing an office job in 2018 and rather concentrate on the attractive jobs government will be offering.

"All those looking for jobs must brace up for 2018. Come with the fact that you want jobs and not the kind of jobs anticipated. A lot more jobs will not be found in Accra or Kumasi. A lot more jobs will be found in the districts and they will largely be in agriculture," the deputy minister stated.

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But despite all these social interventions, it is clear that government needs to do more in creating jobs for the teeming unemployment youth. is building a platform where Ghanaians can share local news and own experiences with each other. Witnessing an incident? Want to tell about a local problem? Know someone who is extremely talented and needs recognition? Your stories and photos are always welcome. Message us on Facebook now .


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