The Minister for Business Development, Mohammed Awal, has revealed that his ministry has created over 20,000 jobs since its inception and is in the process of increasing it to 40,000 by the end of the year.
“I’m mobilizing resources from both the public and the private sectors to create job opportunities for the youth and entrepreneurs. My ministry has created jobs and offer employment opportunities for Ghanaians especially the youth and I will work strongly with my team to make this possible” he stated.
“My ministry has developed 12 models which are being implemented to create jobs for Ghanaians. This includes the National Disability Support Program, Youth in Industry Support Programme, the National Entrepreneurship and Innovations Plan Programme, the President Pitching Initiative among others. We are also planning to employ 1000 women and offer them with financial support to grow and expand their businesses.”
He hoped that more people will be employed before the end of the year. He thus appealed to the youth to take advantage of all the available opportunities and actively engage themselves. He said plans are advanced to ensure that these projects are intensified in this year and the years ahead to create more jobs for the people of Ghana.
Currently statistics from the Ghana Living Standard Survey released by the Ghana Statistical Service indicated that unemployment figures have moved from five to 12 per cent.
By Adu Koranteng