Rising youth unemployment security threat – MP

The Member of Parliament (MP) for Cape Coast South Constituency, George Kweku Ricketts-Hagan, has warned politicians over the alarming rate of youth unemployment in the country.

According to him, the situation is a time bomb waiting to explode and could have serious security implications.

Mr Ricketts-Hagan urged an all hands on deck approach from stakeholders to work towards creating jobs for the youth even though the youth were growing at a fast pace, job opportunities were shrinking by the day which could be a recipe for disaster waiting to happen.

“We cannot continue to live in a country where we as Ghanaians sit by and watch the next generation looking helpless and feeling hopeless which is unacceptable and inexcusable and politicians, in whom the people have put their trust for their prosperity, hope and aspirations should be up and doing.

“This government has indeed failed the nation and its youth but the rest of us cannot sit idle and watch the devaluation of our youth, to whom the country will be entrusted in the future,the Minister of Finance claims the government’s payroll is full, it’s unfortunate and advising the youth to venture into entrepreneurship without training is not the way to go.

“It may be true with ghost names still on our payroll, and government offices and organisations parked with cronies of the government, it will not take much to fill just under 600,000 job spaces but for the Minister of Finance, who should inspire the youth, to state there is no hope for them, is unfortunate and it is as if the government will not recruit again.

“Even if entrepreneurship is the way to go, and I agree, the youth must be equipped in the technological and digital age, to take their future into their own hands and create jobs to solve society’s challenges and problems,” Mr Ricketts-Hagan fumed. –ghanaweb.com

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