Mahama reveals why youth unemployment is a national security threat

The presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Mahama, has expressed concern over the increasing cases of youth unemployment.

John Mahama

He said this needs to be urgently resolved as it constitutes a national security threat.

He made these remarks at a meeting with the Osudoku Traditional Council at Osuwem in the Shai Osudoku District of the Greater Accra Region.

According to him, "youth unemployment is the most serious danger to the stability and security of Ghana." He expressed the NDC’s readiness to tackle the unemployment challenge, noting that the People's Manifesto contains practical solutions for the youth and the country.

"... all our programmes, if you take the People's Manifesto that the NDC has come out with, it is targeted towards finding jobs jobs jobs," he stressed.


Among some of the measures he enumerated was the free TVET programme that he said will be introduced when the party wins the December polls. According to the NDC leader, this will equip students with skills with which they can gain employment or employ themselves.

He also mentioned the National Apprenticeship Programme, which he says will target out of school youth who would be trained by Mastercraft persons and artisans in various traditional vocations such as dressmaking, hairdressing, barbering, or vehicle repairing.

Mahama said, upon completion, the government would set the beneficiaries up by providing them with the needed tools and equipment, at no cost to them, in order for them to begin working for themselves.

He also indicated that the planned investment of $10billion in infrastructure will produce more jobs for the youth of the country.


On the matter of the deplorable nature of the roads in Shai Osudoku, the former President expressed dismay that the road projects his government awarded on contract have been abandoned by the government led by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

He, however, assured the chiefs and people that when the NDC returns, it would complete all abandoned projects, including the Osudoku roads.

President Mahama is on a five-day tour of the Greater Accra Region.


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