Ghana has a lot of challenges to deal with but it appears that we are almost always conscious of the solutions to those challenges but applying or taking steps to overcome that challenge is another problem. The media, who are the fourth estate of the realm are supposed to keep the government in check and also proffer solutions as and when the need arises.
One of the major challenges we have as a country is the issue of unemployment. The situation seems to be getting worse by the day and governments over the years have failed to initiate or employ a lasting solution. What has been done over the years are either temporary works or jobs that are not able to sustain the ordinary Ghanaian. The situation has now gotten to the stage where it is now seen as a national security threat because a lot of the youth are jobless.
Host of "Good Morning Ghana" on Metro TV, Dr. Randy Abbey has reiterated that the country is sitting on a time bomb. Randy Abbey was commenting on a video that was played on the show purporting to show a stampede and visible injuries to some individuals during a YEA Job Fair by the government in conjunction with some private entities at the Accra International Conference Centre(AICC).
Randy Abbey expressed his frustration with how the issue of unemployment, which is obviously a national security threat has not received much attention under various governments but instead, appears to be politicized over the years. He indicated that it was a time bomb that is waiting to explode unless we find innovative ways to bring it under control.
" For how long are we going to continue to ride our luck on the issue of employment and unemployment?. I look at the data that is put out and I am convinced that this issue of unemployment especially even with the educated people, we are joking on it; we are sitting on a time-bomb. We ought to get off our comfort zones and really think through and find some very innovative ways of creating job opportunities", he stated.
Panellists on the show, Nana Akomea and Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa agreed and equally advised that the issue of unemployment be tackled holistically.
At this juncture, I would advise the youth to equally strive to get some entrepreneurial skills and not solely depend on their education because the state cannot provide employment for every citizen. Compliment your education with a skill or be innovative and come up with an idea then work towards it. That way, we would all be working towards reducing the unemployment rate in the country and also reduce the security threat it comes with.
To the government and politicians; do not play politics with your responsibilities.
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