MAHAMA SONA FALL SHOT OF REDUCING UNEMPLOYMENT – IMANI Ghana

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Franklin Cudjoe. IMANI president

IMANI Ghana has stated that the president’s
State of the Nation Addresses since 2013 have
not been able to provide deep insights on the
efforts of government to reduce
unemployment in the country.
It said the government had not been able to
offer records on the number of people without
jobs, while information on graduate
unemployment statistics were also unavailable.
Africa’s second best think tank, IMANI, made
these observations in a document reviewing
the president’s State of the Nation Address
since he began his term three years ago.
Titled IMANI Alert: A Review of President
Mahama’s State of the Nation Addresses from
2013-2016, the report tackled a number of
sectors including the economy, agriculture,
education, health, water, housing, and
communication.
On the matter of employment, IMANI said due
to President Mahama’s presentations on job
creation not backed by “corresponding
statistics, his claims remain vague and quite
difficult to verify”.
It further added that the current freeze on
hiring in the public sector and the energy
crisis from the last three years had aggravated
the unemployment situation in the country.
“The huge size of Ghana’s public service means
that the current freeze on hiring under the IMF
programme has had a significant effect on
unemployment.
“The energy crisis that was about three years
long would inevitably have a serious effect on
unemployment as a number of companies went
out of business. The current harsh business
climate has also constrained the efforts of
companies to expand and hence hire more
workers. Regrettably, there is limited
information on unemployment in the SOTN
(State of the Nation) addresses from 2013 till
date.
“Such gaps make it difficult to assess the
president’s claims that his government has
been good for job creation,” the report stated.
The document concluded on employment thus:
“Without statistics on the unemployment
situation and its distribution, one wonders how
the government can plan to remedy the
situation.”

source : classfmonline.com

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