Many people, especially the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) have questioned the credibility of figures released by government as jobs created within its stay in office so far.
Deputy Ranking Member of Parliament’s Committee on Employment, Richard Quashigah, for instance, has described the creation of 1,096,404 jobs in both the public and private sectors as voodoo statistics.
But speaking on Adom FM’s morning show Dwaso Nsem Thursday, the Minister of Employment, Ignatius Baffour Awuah said the figures were real.
He explained that, between January 2017 and March 2018, government facilitated the creation of 1,096,404 jobs in both the public and private sectors of the economy.
Hon. Baffour Awuah also noted that the Nation Builders Corps (NABCO) as part of government’s strategy to end graduate unemployment in the country.
“We are also providing a stimulus packages for entities in the private sector who will be willing to engage the youth under NABCO. All such entities have to do is to just give them [graduates] jobs while government pays them”, he added.
The Employment Minister indicated that, youth unemployment has become one of the most critical challenges of the Ghanaian national life today and graduate unemployment is even worse.
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He stressed that the urgency to create jobs for the teeming graduates has become paramount, considering the fact that less than 10 percent of graduates are able to find jobs after national service, citing a study by the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) as basis.
Hon. Baffour Awuah is confident NABCO will end the unemployment situation in the country.