The Minority Side of Ghana’s Parliament, has rebutted that the President, Nana Akufo-Addo, has no concrete plan to tackle the growing unemployment issue in the country, as posited in his maiden State of the Nation Address (SONA), on the floor of Parliament.
Addressing a press conference in Accra, the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, said that the President’s SONA was particularly thin on employment, a major issue on which the NPP rode to power, adding that beyond the repetition of campaign mantra and slogans, no concrete plan to tackle the issue was discernible from the President’s speech.
Hon. Haruna reiterated that this vague policy platform with regard to job creation must be a source of worry for the teeming unemployed youth of Ghana.
‘It must be even more disconcerting to them that some of the very first steps taken by the Akufo Addo/Bawumia government have served to render thousands of Ghanaian youth , lawfully employed under the NDC government, jobless’, the Minority Leader stressed.
He also pointed out that in the first month of this government, 205 employees of the National Service Scheme have been unceremoniously dismissed on very flimsy and clearly partisan considerations.
Hon. Iddrisu further indicated that 110 middle level staff of COCOBOD, who were in lawful employment, have also been dismissed for no apparent reason.
The Minority Leader also said that 8,634 nurses, who had received financial clearance and had been employed in various public health institutions, have been thrown out of their jobs by the Akufo Addo/Bawumia government.
‘This represents a clear slap in the face of jobless Ghanaian youth and would further deepen their anxiety and desperation. It further marks an unforgivable betrayal of the many unemployed youth who voted for the NPP on the basis of tantalizing promises to give them jobs’, Hon. Iddrisu stated.
The President in his first Message on the State of the Nation said that his government inherited a bad economy from the previous administration, but intends to fix it.
He also, among others, vowed to create jobs for the teeming unemployed youth in the country.