Chairman of the National Peace Council (NPC), Most Rev. Professor Emmanuel Asante, has stated that the high rate of unemployment in the country is a threat to peace.
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He added that unemployment is a potential source for religious extremism that can lead to terrorism.
According to him, that makes the youth in particular, very susceptible to influence from radical groups and could be easily recruited and brainwashed to carry out terrorist acts because they have no jobs.
Prof Asante made this known during the 11th Annual Interfaith Symposium at the Department of Religious Studies of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).
“Our young people are vulnerable, they have no jobs so when people come and they promise all sorts of things, they follow,” Most Rev. Asante said.
As reported by Daily Graphic, he, however, challenged the state to create a good environment for the private sector to create more jobs to employ most unemployed youth in order to keep them busy.
According to Prof Asante, it was time religious groups stopped focusing on their parochial interests and put their resources together which would help government in terms of job creation
In other news, the Central Regional Secretary of the Ghana National Dressmakers and Tailors Association Francisca Acquah has stated that the “Free SHS” policy has created a shortage of apprentices in the fashion sector.
She stated that many Junior High School graduates who would have found themselves in apprenticeship due to poor exam results, are now in SHS, kind courtesy the Free SHS programme.
Speaking at a graduation event in the Ajumako Enyan Essiam District, she said it was time for some of these students with poor grades to be transferred to the fashion sector.
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