Opinion: Mahama's Okada plan is a hindrance to youth development in Ghana

Opinion: Mahama's Okada plan is a hindrance to youth development in Ghana

By Razak Kojo Opoku

The youth of this country deserve better and decent jobs with well-paying salaries than okada business, which serves as a means to an end.

Most of the youth who are okada riders are doing it because of a lack of available jobs. Most of them too were unable to access free SHS because the administration of former president John Mahama failed to think of and implement that visionary policy.

The NPP government is committed to ensuring that every Ghanaian would be employed in a decent working environment with a well-paid salary. That is why since his election, the Akufo-Addo-led government has committed a lot of resources to the implementation of its "one district one factory" policy under a public-private partnership. The successful execution of this policy would give an opportunity to Ghanaians, including okada riders, to work in those established factories. Even if they still want to operate the motorcycle, they would be employed in the delivery unit of the factories under 1D1F as Professional Dispatch Riders with better income than what they are earning currently.

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Instead of Mahama thinking outside the box and coming out with an initiative that would create decent and well-paying jobs for the youth, he is rather doing propaganda with okada riders, even though his administration was the one which enacted a law to ban okada business in Ghana.

It is important to point out that, the Akufo-Addo-led government has already started a consultative process and engagement with the okada riders to see how best they can earn a living while waiting for the 1D1F across all the districts in Ghana. As it stands now, most okada riders go about their business without any form of intimidation from the NPP Government even though Mahama's Government enacted a law to get them arrested.

The question is, would the okada riders prefer to remain okada riders forever? Absolutely not.

They need much better jobs than that.

Most of the okada riders can take advantage of NPP Government's policies such as Planting for Food and Jobs, Rearing for Food and Jobs, 1D1F, NABCO, etc.

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While the NPP Government believes in building a modern society coupled with solid economic development, the NDC on the other hand is bent on sending the country on the path of retrogression.

Most of the youth who are currently working as okada riders would stand a great chance of working in factories created by Akufo-Addo's Government under 1D1F as Professional Dispatch Riders with better salaries and conditions of service. This concept is far better than Mahama's backward position on okada business.

The writer, a member of the NPP, is the founder and president of the Concerned Voters' Movement.

Source: Yen

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