Government has strategies for tackling youth unemployment – Mr.Yaw Osafo Maafo

The Senior Minister, Mr Yaw Osafo Maafo has outlined eight strategies the government is employing to combat the increasing rate of youth unemployment in the country.

The Senior Minister in an address at the International Youth Day celebrations at the Osu Castle gardens on Friday said the NPP has outlined a number of programmes that seek to decentralise development.

According to him, policies such as the government's agricultural flagship programme "Planting for Food and Jobs", "One District, One Factory" and "One Village, One Dam," were some of the initiatives to tackle youth unemployment.

"We want to create opportunities for all Ghanaians, to safeguard the natural environment and ensure resilient built environment, we must maintain a stable, united and civil society and you constitute the key for that stability," Mr Osafo Maafo said in a keynote address delivered at the event.

"If you decide to be violent, we are all in trouble but I know you wouldn't and we should create a situation that you are not tempted to even be violent.

"The following will be pursued to create the needed jobs for the youth; government's agricultural flagship programme "Planting for Food and Jobs" but when you look at the detail of it the number of warehouses that we are creating to store surpluses that itself is a very major source of job creation... Distributing these involves a lot of job creation, Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP), A cedi equivalent of $1million dollars for each constituency," he added.

He also listed the "One District, One Factory", "One Village, One Dam", Small Business Development and a stimulus package of $50 million for ail.

The Senior Minister also urged the youth not to be disappointed or despondent because the NPP has the best youth policies that will create the necessary environment for youth empowerment.

He also urged the youth to consider exploring avenues in areas such as tourism to create their own jobs.


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