ABLEKUMA SOUTH Legislator, Fritz Baffour, has suggested that the government embarks on aggressive and more vigorous policies that would address the youth unemployment in the country.
The Member of Parliament who said his biggest concern is the youth unemployment said the problem must be aggressively tackled by creating an enabling atmosphere for the youth to go into agriculture and cocoa farming in particular.
The lawmaker who was reacting to the President’s State of the nation address last Thursday on “Pae mu ka” program on JEM FM in Kumasi said though the President gave a good account of himself, government would have to work hard on human resource development.
“We have a lot of work to do on human resource,” he said. The MP, who described the event as a successful one for Parliament told the host, Reynold Agyemang that, there was the need to encourage food processing to add value to agricultural engagement and not a matter of merely going into agriculture for its sake.
The former Minister of Information also frowned on graduate unemployment and suggested that the private industry should produce more entrepreneurs to absorb graduates in the job market. “Depending solely on the government for employment is a non-starter”, he said. According to him, the country had specific accelerated programmes at Independence to produce graduates as government employees to man the industries.
He said, however, that under the current public, private partnership (PPP) policy the private sector must take up a sizeable number of graduates every year to help with the situation. The Ablekuma South lawmaker also disagreed with the host that unemployment is a conditionality of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
According to the Ablekuma South MP, Ghana, as a country, had no choice to go to the IMF since workers salary was very high and that it was a matter of adjustment and not necessary a conditionality.
Mr. Baffour, who is the chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Defence and Interior, in stating his position on security declined to support the call for protection for MPs in the face of the gruesome murder of the Abuakwa North MP recently. He said that the security apparatus must be resourced to ensure the safety of Ghanaians. “Security of the whole society must be enhanced and not restricted to MPS” and stressed that: “Every Ghanaian should be free and walk without danger”.
From Sebastian R. Freiku, Kumasi
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