After 11 months in power, we look at some of the jobs President Nana Akufo-Addo has created.
Before he became president, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo promised to reduce the unemployment in the country if voted to govern.
After 11 months in power, we look at some of the jobs he has created.
• Planting for food and jobs
The programme was launched in January 2017.
In presenting the 2018 Budget and Policy statement in Parliament on Wednesday (November 15, 2017), the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta said over 3,000 young people have been employed under government’s Planting for Food and Jobs programme.
Ofori-Atta, explained that a total of 2,160 university graduates and 1,070 youth were employed under the programme, to register and provide extension services to farmers across the country.
• Nation Builders Corps
The government has said it will employ 100,000 graduates in 2018 under a special programme which will target unemployed graduates in the country.
The programme, which will be known as the Nation Builders Corps (NBC) will be based in the office of the President and will deal with challenges in public service delivery.
The Finance Minister said, “The focus of the initiative will be solving public service delivery in health, education, agriculture, sanitation and drive revenue mobilization and collection.”
• One District; One Factory
This is another flagship programme of the Nana Addo-led government.
He added that the "actual implementation" of the programme by the 51 districts has the potential to create a minimum of 80,000 jobs.
• Marine Drive Project
The President will on Friday (December 15, 2017) cut the sod for work to commence on the Marine Drive Project.
The project, when completed, is expected to attract more investment in trade and improve tourism in addition to generating revenue and employment and increase foreign exchange earnings.
The Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs Catherine A. Afeku, said that at least 150,000 jobs expected to be created from the project, and priority would be given to indigenes of the Ga State and Osu when employing.
• Jobs for illegal miners
The Finance Minister said the government will create over 500,000 jobs for the youth who are being prevented from continuing with their illegal mining activities popularly referred to as galamsey.
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He mentioned this when he presented the 2017 mid-year budget review to Parliament on Monday (July 31, 2017).
He said the job opportunities will be created in the oil palm plantation sector.
• National Employment and Implementation Plan
The Business Development Minister, Ibrahim Mohammed Awal announced that the government will launch a US$100 million National Employment and Implementation Plan to build new graduates and unemployed youth up for employment by equipping them with entrepreneurial skills.
Ibrahim Mohammed Awal, said: "We believe this will curb unemployment and make Ghana number one business destination in the sub-region.”