- A Ghanaian diplomat, Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, has raised concerns about the dangers of unemployment in Ghana
- According to him, the situation may get out of hand and create trouble if measures are not taken
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and Sahel (UNOWAS), Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, has raised alarm over the high rate of unemployment in Ghana.
Sharing his opinions at a breakfast lecture for the Chief Imam, Dr. Chambas argued that unemployment is a ticking bomb that will soon explode if emergency measures are not taken.
According to him, although Ghana is now among the three fastest growing economies in the world and is witnessing impressive economic growth, it has however failed to create jobs for the youth.
Bemoaning the seriousness of the situation and the danger it poses to Ghana, Dr. Chambas said it would be prudent if measures are taken immediately to bridge the gap between the poor and the rich by providing more jobs for the youth.
Moreover, he said creating jobs for the youth would not only avert calamities but also create a dynamic and innovative workforce that will drive the country to prosperity.
“Ghana has featured as the fastest growing economy in Africa and one of the three fasters growing in the world.
However while Ghana is indeed witnessing impressive economic growth by several measures, this is associated with and it is resulting in very rapid economic polarisation.
The gap between rich and poor is widening and this runs counter to our collective vision as a country and its commitments to the UN’s SDGs 2030 and the Africa agenda 2063.
Therefore, we must redouble our efforts to ensure that development leads no one behind. Those farthest behind should be the target of policies to lift them out of their status as the poorest of the poor”, he said.
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