The Deputy Spokesperson for the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Eric Adjei, has criticised the Akufo-Addo administration over the youth unemployment situation in the country.
He believes the government is not committed to tackling youth unemployment in the country despite the establishment of some intervention programmes such as the NaBCo and jobs offered through the Youth Employment Agency (YEA).
Reacting to the two-day job and career fair that took place at the Accra International Conference Centre last week, where hundreds thronged the venue to seek jobs, Adjei observed that the Akufo-Addo government through the YEA used the fair as a smokescreen to deceive Ghanaians that it was committed to providing jobs for the teeming jobless youth.
The fair dubbed: “Bridging job gap in partnership with private sector”, was to be a one-stop-shop for employment opportunities for the youth in the national capital.
However, the event turned chaotic because of the large crowd. A broken glass leading to the entrance of the hall injured some of the job seekers.
Eric Adjei who was speaking on Tonton Sansan on TV XYZ argued that the government could have saved the youth the trouble of coming to the AICC by asking them to apply for jobs online.
Besides, he contended that the Akufo-Addo government caused massive job losses through the banking sector clean-up and so he would not be surprised most of the people that turned up at the job fair were victims of the collapsed banks.
“I strongly believe that most of the people that went to seek jobs are workers of the collapsed banks,” he said and refuted claims that the government was doing well to tackle unemployment in the country.
“Whether you belong to the NPP or NDC, you would realise that the private sector is the engine of growth in every economy…He [Akufo-Addo] created unemployment in the country and now creating an impression that they are solving it,” he said.
He continued, “The government collapsed radio stations. How many people were working at Muntie FM, Radio Gold and Radio XYZ? He the president created unemployment in this country. I know Radio Gold had a staff strength of about 60 but let’s ask if each of the companies that took part in the job fair could employ 10 people.”