The youth have been advised to appreciate employment in the non-formal sectors to help reduce the unemployment situation in Africa, rather than chase after non-existing white collar jobs.

Mr Sydney Williamson Martyn-Aryee, the Founder of the Revived Africa Organisation (RAO), a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), who made the call, noted that the youth ended up being frustrated in the futile search for those non-existing jobs.

Mr Martyn-Aryee was speaking at the RAO inauguration and the maiden graduation of 22 students trained in catering and hospitality.

He said the frustration led most youth to migrate or engage in social vices such as robbery, prostitution, smuggling and stealing.

Over-population, rural-urban migration, inability to acquire technological know-how and lack of knowledge and skills were some of the causes of unemployment, Mr Martyn-Aryee claimed.

He also alleged that the increasing youth unemployment was due to the nature of our educational system as most graduates only acquired formal education to become employees and not employers, putting a bigger burden on governments.

Others, he said, had no employable skills, yet wanted to be employed and tasked them to acquire basic reading and learning skills to be able to operate devices, machines or computers to be gainfully employed in the era of technology.

Mr Martyn-Aryee explained that the solution to unemployment was a collective decision, and thus, governments could not tackle it alone.

He called on the graduates to cherish the skills given to them because it was an essential tool to achieve vocational and technical excellence.

The Reverend Isaac Bediako, of the Triumphant Christian Centre, commissioning the NGO, prayed that it would not be a nine-day wonder but fulfil the purpose for which God intended it.

Graduates were presented with certificates after the six-week training.


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