The Vice President of Ghana, Dr Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia, has announced that the government has successfully recruited 2.1 million people into jobs, both in the private and public sectors, over the past seven years.
Breaking down the numbers, he revealed that the public sector had absorbed 1.2 million individuals, while the private sector employed 975,000 people.
Dr Bawumia made this disclosure during the launch of the Business and Employment Assistance Programme, an initiative by the Youth and Employment Agency (YEA) to create jobs for 20,000 young people nationwide.
“No government in the fourth republic or the history of this country has been able to recruit this large number of people,” emphasized the Vice President.
Under the newly launched programme, YEA will provide up to GH₵500 grant support to 10,000 registered Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMSEs) to empower them in creating job opportunities for the youth.
Dr. Bawumia acknowledged the continued need for job creation, stating, “We have a big job to create more jobs for young people,” and commended the YEA Board and management for their commitment to the cause.
Describing the initiative as laudable, he expressed optimism that the youth would derive maximum benefit from the programme. Dr. Bawumia affirmed the government's dedication to job creation, emphasizing that it had resulted in more job opportunities than any government in the country's history.
“The youth of the country remain the greatest resource, and it is, therefore, our collective duty to ensure that they are well-positioned to make significant contributions to the economic development of our dear nation,” he stated.
Mr. Kofi Baah Agyepong, the Chief Executive Officer of YEA, explained that the programme's implementation would extend support to operators of car washing bays, chop bars, and provision stores, contributing to alleviating unemployment in the country.