Jobs: Ghanaians’ major expectation from Akufo-Addo

President Akufo-Addo

Even before emerging as the winner of the 2016 general election most Ghanaians had already lined up what they expected from the president.

For some time now the rate of unemployment has surged up with more graduates at home with nothing to do.

Ghana had 2.40 per cent unemployment rate for the year 2014 according the World Bank so it came as no surprise that when, spoke to some members of the public on their expectations from the new president, jobs were top on their list.

In an interview with, Alberta who has completed tertiary education with a diploma certificate said, “I completed university over four years ago and I have not had any better job to do and so now that Nana Akufo-Addo is the president I expect things to change with regards to job creation so that I can also get something to do to take care of myself and family.”

Godfred Dame’s major expectation from the new president is not different, “The youth of this country have suffered from not getting jobs under the National Democratic Congress (NDC), so I’m expecting Nana Akufo-Addo to tackle unemployment more seriously.”

Ofei Afari, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Spring Consult is looking forward to a business friendly economy to enable people with resources to establish businesses to do so without difficulties.

“If the president works on reducing taxes on imported goods it will reduce the burden on importers. The more taxes go high the more difficult life becomes because almost everything in Ghana is imported,” Muntari Awudu noted. “I also expect this new government to make job creation its priority to enable the unemployed youth to find jobs to do,” he added.

Madam Yaa Mansa a trader,lamented the difficulty for her children to find decent jobs to do after investing all her money in their education. “I have invested all my money to educate my children in order for them to be gainfully employed but they are all home without jobs and I still have to take care of them and so I want Nana Akufo-Addo to create jobs for the youth to relief parents of their burden,” she said.

A lady who refused to be identified disclosed that her brother completed Teacher Training College about three years ago but only managed to secure a job just last year and so she wants the new government to fulfill its promise of ‘One district ,one factory’ so that the youth can find jobs to do.

The government placed embargo on employment in the public sector in 2010 to reduce the increasing public sector wage bill.

By Pamela Ofori-Boateng

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