Nana Addo has created 2 million jobs for the youth in Ghana – Bawumia claims

Vice-President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has said the government of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has created two million jobs since coming into office.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo with Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia

According to him, the government has "developed and implemented many initiatives designed to place the youth at the forefront of national development" over the last three-and-a-half years.

"When you look at the jobs we’ve created, when we decided to do a proper accounting of the jobs we have created – sometimes they are all over the place and you have to sit down and get together the various people, different ministries, SSNIT to get a good sense of what jobs we have created; full-time equivalents, not temporary jobs – what are the full-time equivalent jobs that we have created in the last three-and-a-half years?

"And I'm happy to tell you that we have created over two million full-time equivalent jobs in the public and private formal sectors since 2017 and this is inclusive of the government’s job creation programmes and initiatives such as Planting for Food and Jobs, NaBCO graduates programme, National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme (NEIP), and so on," he said.

Speaking at a meeting with the youth wing of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) on Wednesday, 12 August 2020, to mark International Youth Day, he said the government has collated the job numbers created since 2017 and they total some two million.

He added that the government has "established a national job recruitment agency through the youth employment agency’s job market centres to match graduate youth with job openings."

Dr. Bawumia stated that "We have supported youth-owned enterprises and initiatives like the NEIP, the President’s Business Support Programme, the Green House Energies Initiative, enabled Youth 1D1F Projects Initiative, Students Entrepreneurship Initiatives, the Presidential Empowerment for Women with Disability and Campus Pitch."

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