The Eastern Regional Minister, Mr Eric Kwakye Darfour has said government knows the value of creating decent jobs for the youth who graduate every year from the universities.
According to him, decent jobs would help the youth to make a living without being dependent on their families and also help them to contribute to the growth of the economy.
He indicated that, creating decent jobs should be a responsibility of not only the government, but the social partners, the private sector and other development agencies .
Mr Darfour made the remarks at this year’s May Day celebration at Koforidua, which was on the theme, “Sustainable development goals and decent work: The role of social partners “.
He said government would continue to create the enabling environment for private sector initiatives and development, since the private sector continued to be the engine of growth of the economy.
He commended the workers for their enormous contributions to the growth and stability of the country’s economy, which was growing at eight per cent this year , the fastest in Africa .
The Eastern Regional Trade Union Congress (TUC) Chairman , Mr Agustine Michael Owusu who chaired the occasion said only 10 per cent of graduates from the tertiary institutions were employed into the public sector annually and therefore appealed to the government to support the private sector so that more graduates could be employed to widen the tax net .
Mr Owusu said the workers would continue to support the good polices of the government and criticise constructively when things go bad and urged workers to work harder than before by making maximum use of the working hours to help increase productivity at work places.
The Eastern Regional Secretary of the Trades Union Congress , Mrs Phyllis Agyemang read the Secretary General’s address to the union members.
Mr Felix Larbi at the Eastern Regional TUC secretariat was adjudged the overall best worker in the region, while some deserving workers were rewarded for their various roles and contributions in their union and the region.