The General Secretary of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), has said that the employment challenges confronting the country should be blamed on bad decisions taken by the erstwhile Mahama government.
John Mahama and his National Democratic Congress (NDC) were kicked out of office almost five years ago, but according to John Boadu, that administration is to blame for agreeing to some terms and conditions proposed by the IMF, which are inimical to the development of the country’s youth.
Interestingly, Akufo-Addo’s cousin and Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta has announced that government is considering running to the same IMF for some financial support.
During the 2016, Mr. Boadu, promised Ghanaians that an Akufo-Addo government was going to create millions of jobs in Ghana to an extent that foreigners would be trooping here to be employment.
However, speaking at the Volta Regional NPP Annual Delegates Conference in Ho, Mr. Boadu assured that the Akufo-Addo administration will tackle the employment deficit through industrialization.
“Yes, there are challenges with employment and it is because of what we inherited. If you have a government that cannot have integrity in its projects and programmes and you just surrender the country to IMF under such conditions that are inimical, particularly to the betterment of our youth for close to 5 years. Even the NABCO that we brought that has taken close to 100,000 people is not enough.”
However, the National Democratic Congress disagrees. The NDC believes the NPP administration could have done a lot in the five years that they’ve been in power.
But reacting to Mr Boadu’s comment on Joy FM’s Midday News on Friday, the National Communications Officer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Sammy Gyamfi said Mr Boadu’s statement shows that, “the incumbent NPP- Bawumia-Akufo-Addo government is totally clueless and hopelessly incompetent relative to job creation.”
He added that, John Boadu’s comment reveals that the NPP government “have no business being where they are.”
“This is a group of people who while in opposition in 2016, made several promises to the youth and people of this country that they were going to create sustainable jobs when elected.
“The people listened and gave them the mandate almost five years ago, now they’ve had access to more resources than any government in the history of this country, they’ve had more tax revenue than any government in the history of this country, they’ve borrowed more than any government in the history of this country, they’ve even had access to three oil fields. So if five years after inheriting power, they are still blaming the previous NDC-Mahama administration for the high rate of unemployment in this country, then it is because they are clueless, hopelessly incompetent and totally useless and they have no business governing this country,” he stressed.
Touching on the supposed terms and conditions imposed on the country by the IMF, Mr Gyamfi stated that, “the IMF programme we joined in 2016 didn’t have any conditionality about employment freeze.”
According to him, the programme was scheduled to end in the year 2017, “they rather came and extended it for another one year. In fact, they rather benefitted from the subsequent tranches of that facility.”
“So how can you come and extend a programme you claim is the reason for the high unemployment situation we have in the country?” he asked.
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