Unemployment in Africa to worsen by 2030 if not addressed — Mahama

Unemployment continues to remain high in Africa while the number of young people in working poverty is expected to increase in sub-Saharan.

John Mahama

Former President John Mahama has deplored the worsening socio-economic conditions in Africa coupled with the persistently high levels of unemployment.

Mahama delivering a lecture on "Africa's Strategic Priorities and Global Role" at Chatham House, London, on Friday, January 27, 2023, said fragile governance institutions and corruption remain major bottlenecks in Africa adding that insecurity, terrorism, and insurgency have all reared their heads across some countries.

He said mammoth unemployment and limited economic opportunities continue to confront Africa.

He stated that the rate of unemployment is projected to worsen by 2030 if not addressed which is obviously, a threat to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals and Africa's Agenda 2063.


He stressed that the limited opportunities available to Africa's youth have created a distressing scenario and culminated in the biggest threat facing the continent and the world.

Mahama indicated that the prevalence of cybercrimes including internet-based fraud popularly known as 'Sakawa' and other offenses spill beyond Africa and affects the rest of the world.


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