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The Akufo-Addo led government has come under a lot of heat from members of the largest Minority group in Parliament, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) for providing very little room for employment for the youth of the country.
According to them the move runs counter to the barrage of promises that was made by functionaries of the current government who campaigned on the wings of the issue of jobs.
The Member of Parliament for the Keta constituency, Richard Quarshiga, during his contribution to the debate on the 2018 budget which is currently under consideration in the House, enumerated a number of promises which were made in the 2017 budget but never materialized.
He mentioned, among others, the 750,000 jobs that were supposed to have been created through the Planting for Food and Jobs initiative, the One District one Factory and One Village One Dam initiative.
The Honorable Member of Parliament for the Wa Central Constituency, Rashid Pelpuo, on his part condemned government for seeking to overburden the consolidated fund by further bloating the public sector with unsustainable jobs to satisfy party apparatchiks at the expense of the nation.
He expressed the view that government has reneged on its promise to employ the private sector as the engine of growth and thereby relying on its wings to create sustainable jobs for the young graduates that are being churned out of the country’s numerous Universities.
In her contribution, the Member of Parliament for Afadzato South, Patience Alorwu-Tay, charged the government to abandon the funfair of sloganeering and the creation and inauguration of old projects and rather concentrate on the execution of the existing ones.
The Deputy Minister for Employment and Member of Parliament for the Hemang Lower Denkyira Constituency, Bright Wireko-Brobby, in his contribution to the debate debunked the assertion by the Minority that the 2018 budget did not make enough provision for employment.
According to him, the budget is replete with employment opportunities right from the very first page to the last, and that every project mentioned in the budget has a component that is dedicated to employing the youth in various sectors of the economy.
He mentioned for example, the Mass Cocoa spraying program, the Artificial Cocoa Pollination program, the Planting for Food and Jobs program, the Nation Builders initiative among others that have been strategically fashioned to ease the unemployment burden in the country.
Source: Clement Akoloh || ghananewsonline.com.gh