Peter Lanchene Toobu, Member of Parliament for Wa West, has said that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has failed to create jobs for the youth.
This, he claims, will have an impact on the NPP’s fortunes in the upcoming general elections.
He claimed on Saturday’s Key Points on TV3/3FM with host Dzifa Bampho that he would be astonished if the NPP received 30% of the vote in the 2024 elections.
“I will be extremely astonished if they win 30%,” he added, adding that “Ghanaians are yearning for a change of leadership.”
He was speaking as part of a conversation about the Ghana National Fire Service and the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS).
Youth unemployment, in his opinion, is a menace.
Thousands of Ghanaian adolescents are still waiting to join the various security agencies.
Hundreds of people gathered at the El-Wak Stadium in Accra earlier this week to begin the Ghana Immigration Service’s recruitment process.
Thousands of applicants sprinting to secure seats in queues at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium have been filling social media, raising concerns about changing away from the previous systems of screening and enlisting applicants into security agencies and military.
“What is happening right now in the security sector is just a simple evidence that what is mentioned in the national security policy that youth unemployment remains the greatest threat to our national security, a genuine statement,” Peter Lanchene Toobu, a retired police officer, said.
“Couldn’t we have done a better job here?” As a member of the Defence and Interior Committee, with oversight responsibilities for the Ministries of the Interior, Defense, and National Security, I am confident that we are all beginning to see things differently.”
“What I have witnessed since I joined the Police in 1992, apart from the initial online application, there has been no change,” the member of Parliament’s Defence and Interior Committee continued. What this says is that we haven’t modified the system very much in nearly 30 years.
“Technology is revolutionizing the entire world, and we should gradually begin to simplify some of these processes so that these young people who are already frustrated can be recruited in a decent and humane manner.”
“When we look at what’s going on, we say that you need to have a feel for the job, but the psychological impact on these young individuals before they get hired can last a lifetime, if not a career.” As a result, I believe we should begin to approach it in a new way, utilizing technology. We can streamline the process and make it more efficient.”
Mr Alfred Thompson, a former Managing Director of the National Investment Bank, said the NPP administration has established a number of measures to help the country’s youth, including the Nations Builder Corps (NABCO).
He asked the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to name one initiative they launched to help young people find work.