The government’s embargo on employment and the challenge of unemployment facing the youth could result in the collapse of state agencies, departments, institutions and organisations, a Catholic Priest at Nkoranza has said.
Reverend Father Dominic Yaw Asuahene, the Parish Priest of the local St Dominic Catholic Church noted that the embargo would frequent qualified personnel to replace the aged workforce in the public and civil services.
He was speaking during a sermon on Sunday at Nkoranza in the Brong-Ahafo Region, during the local celebration of the annual worldwide commemoration of Fathers’ Day.
Rev Fr Asuahene said the future socio-economic stability of Ghana is bleak if the youth who are the country’s hope would continue to stay jobless and struggle for survival in life.
He therefore appealed to government functionaries’, policy-makers, religious leaders and traditional rulers to consider themselves as fathers’ of Ghana and initiate pragmatic programmes and policies that would create job opportunities for the unemployed youth.
Rev Fr Asuahene said Ghana has a lot of talented and skillful youth in various fields of human endeavour and the availability of job opportunities for them could accelerate progress.
He described responsible fathers as those who care for the welfare and upkeep of their families and plan for the future well-being and livelihood of their children.
Rev Fr Asuahene advised fathers who had left the burden of their children upkeep on their wives alone to rethink and work hard to play their expected roles.
He said the upbringing of children is a shared responsibility of both husband and wife.
He admonished women also to reduce their expenditure on clothing and cosmetics and invest greater part of their financial resources on the education of their children, as that would yield greater dividend in future.