Ghana Must Export Skilled Labour – Bagnaba

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Mr Prince Bagnaba Mba, President of Forum for National Equity, A Human rights Non-Governmental Organisation on Wednesday suggested to Ghana to package and export skilled Labour to other countries that needed their services.

The exportation, he said would help solve the high unemployment rate in the country and bring some foreign exchange to government.

Mr Mba who was speaking in an exclusive interview with the Ghana News Agency(GNA) on unemployment in the country especially among the tertiary school graduates said just like how Cuba was exporting Medical Doctors to Ghana and other developing countries, it was possible for Ghana to export her skilled Labour in other professional fields.

The 2016 Statistics available on the unemployment rate in Ghana indicates that 5.77 Ghanaians who were qualified in various professions were unemployed although it has been fluctuating.

Ghana recorded its highest unemployment rate in Ghana in 2000 when it rose up to 10.36 percent but went down as low as 3.6 in 2006.

Mr Mba said currently, there were thousands of Ghanaian graduates from various tertiary institutions that were not employed and such skills could be lacking in other countries.

The government, he said could handle the employment issue by duly registering all unemployed persons who were ready to work outside and work out the modalities with receiving countries on the mode of payment of salaries and commissions to Ghana.

“In Ghana we have a lot of universities, Polytechnics and other tertiary institutions that train students in Human Resource, Management, Administration, Marketing, Communication and other professional areas and yet our employment market is so saturated that we cannot easily absorb them, so why don’t we look elsewhere”?

Mr Mba said the current nagging issue of trained Nurses waiting at home for years before engagement could also be solved if such professionals were exported to other countries for a number of years to reduce tensions engulfing their non-engagement.

He said Ghanaians by nature were hardworking and it was regrettable that most young graduates could not be employed after school adding that “Any country that does not export will perish.”

Mr Mba said another way to solve the high unemployment rate was to operationalise the day and night working systems so that there would be shifts to engage more professionals.

“In other countries, especially the manufacturing sectors, they work both day and night and therefore employ more workers and I believe Ghana can do the same to solve our unemployment challenges.

On patriotism and respect for human rights, Mr Mba appealed to Ghana to re-introduce the teaching of Civics at basic and second cycle institutions for the students to become abreast with the system.

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