Former President John Dramani Mahama has expressed concern over the country’s bleak prognosis for youth unemployment.
On Monday, May 02, 2022, the former president delivered a paper titled “Ghana at a Crossroad” in which he stated that if the current trend is not reversed, millions of Ghanaian youngsters will be unemployed when they reach retirement age.
“Millions of Ghanaian youth with higher education are stuck in a perpetual purgatory, with no clear sign that they would be able to find productive job before they turn 60 and retire from unemployment.” “Yet the President continues to squander taxpayer money on opulent chartered flights and other frivolous engagements,” he said.
He claimed that the problem poses a threat to the country’s security because most of the country’s rising social vices are linked to joblessness.
According to government data, Ghana’s unemployment rate reached 13.4% in 2021, up from 6% in 2010.
According to the Ghana Statistical Service, 32.8 percent of Ghanaians between the ages of 15 and 24 are unemployed.
Meanwhile, the opposition NDC’s 2020 Presidential Candidate, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, claimed that the Akufo-Addo administration has put ordinary Ghanaians through excruciating hardship.
“The Ghanaian people’s displeasure is at an all-time high,” he stated, adding that “condescending reactions from government officials to public concerns have often heightened the people’s frustration and anger.”
He urged the administration to take steps to alleviate the country’s current economic difficulties.