PRESIDENT AKUFO-ADDO’S EMPLOYMENT RECORDS DESERVE HIM A SECOND TERM
One of the social conundrums which poses threat to many people is joblessness. Inadequate jobs in any country can lead to mass unemployment and this becomes security threat especially if the people involved constitute a large number of youth who exude exuberant energy and talents.
Ghana under many governments has made several efforts in creating jobs but the annual churn out of thousands of graduates and products from tertiary and other learning institutions was still aggravating the rate of unemployment in the country.
The capacity and the efficiency of governments to generate the needed revenue within the economy for paying employees, has mostly been used as an excuse to deny people seeking employment.
Between the period 2012 to 2016 for instance, the public sector which employs the largest number of persons, was frozen, creating a huge backlog of unemployed graduates.
To further exacerbate the situation, the government at the time led by former president Mahama, instituted a draconean policy known as 3-month pay policy which sought to withhold salaries of public sector workers who had worked for many years. This impoverished workers especially teachers across the country.
President Akufo-Addo upon assumption of office in 2017, opened up both the public and the private sector institutions to begin recruitment.
In the Ghana Education Service(GES) , more than fourty thousand(40,000) people have been recruited and paid from March 2017 to date.
Mahama’s 3-month pay policy of giving only three months salaries to workers irrespective of the number of months worked for, has also been abolished.
The local government sector and the Forestry Commission among others, have also been given financial clearance to recruit and have so far absorbed over sixty thousand permanent and temporary staff.
The backlog of trained nurses who had remained home for years untill 2017, have all been posted.
The President and his government have again created a scheme known as the Nation Builders Corp(NABCO) which has engaged about hundred thousand(100,000) youth, particularly graduates from various tertiary institutions.
This has helped to whittle down graduate unemployment agitations and tensions in the job space. The issue of having to sit at home after one’s national service, waiting to be engaged economically, is now a thing of the past.
President Akufo-Addo’s creation of NABCO, has given some respite to the graduates who can stay on to acquire work experience and some allowances to manage until they get permanent jobs.
If Ghanaians entrust the country to this leader for four(4)more years, he has the potentials to consolidate these gains and do more the Ghanaian people.