“Every government is struggling to create jobs”, posits the Executive Director of the Institute for Policy Innovation, Peter Bismark, and the same, in his perspective, could be said of the current NPP government.
This argument is despite claims by the government of reducing the unemployment rate from 11.9 percent in 2015 to 7.1 percent in 2019.
The NPP government since its assumption of office has introduced initiatives aimed at reducing the rate of unemployment, especially among the youth in the country. Some of these initiatives include the Nation Builders Corps (NaBCO), Planting for Food and Jobs, Youth in Afforestation and Marine Drive Project.
In all over one million people have been engaged through these initiatives. The figure according to ILAPI is questionable and describes it magical.
“We must not joke with employment figures because it is a good tool for policy formulation”, the press release is quoted as saying.
ILAPI argues the government has failed to understand its role in ensuring employment in the country. Executive Director of ILAPI, Peter Bismark, says the government needs to play a complementary role by creating an enabling environment for the private sector to thrive and drive the agenda of employment.
Government, nonetheless, has added another initiative, Job Center, under the auspices of Youth Employment Agency. The job centre according to government will predominantly serve as a platform to connect job seekers with prospective employers.
But, ILAPI has expressed its misgivings in the initiative, suggesting it will yield no positive results; given the trend, such initiatives have taken in the not too distant past.
“The centre is more of a job-seeking platform than to create one”, the statement says. ILAPI argues there is nothing unique under this current initiative. “… a change of name same module”, the statement says.
The institute suggests, however, that the government creates conditions that stimulate economic growth and job creation as a means of reducing the rate of unemployment among the youth in Ghana.