Finance Minister Ken Ofori Atta has told Parliament in the mid year budget statement that the unemployment situation in our country has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
This is a situation which we will confront aggressively, he said.
Indeed, it is an issue that will be at the forefront of our national discourse. The future of our young people and their livelihoods are of utmost importance to us as a nation. It requires urgent action and the President has directed that we consolidate and implement
new programmes and projects to address it. It is crucial to our destiny.
“Mr. Speaker, over the course of this year, like many of my colleagues in Government and in this House, I have travelled around the country, engaged with the people, especially young people. We have listened to them and heard their concerns. Eight (8) weeks ago, I visited Tamale and Sunyani and interacted with thousands of our young people, drawn from
various universities and tertiary institutions as part of the “Springboard Foundation” programme. I also participated in both the Accra “Springboard” and NUGS Annual Leadership Training programmes.
“These interactions provided me with yet another opportunity to experience at first hand, the expectations and aspirations of our young people. Our responsibility as Government is to accelerate our response.
” In connection with that, I have had extensive discussions with my colleague Ministers of Employment & Labour Relations, Youth & Sports and Lands & Natural Resources. New programmes will be introduced and existing ones scaled-up and refocused to meet the aspirations of our youth.
“We will work together to sensitise and connect the youth to the numerous opportunities being made available by Government, including the strategy to create job and business opportunities for 1 million Ghanaian youth by 2024. So far, we have developed five new
programmes, including YouBanC®.
“Mr. Speaker, the good people of Ghana have given us another fouryear mandate to manage the country, mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and pursue our transformation agenda of equal opportunities and prosperity for all.
“We are in the 7th month of the journey and executing the mandate with diligence, integrity and faith and we determined to overcome the challenges that confront the nation.”