Prior to the 2016 General Elections, the New Patriotic Party (NPP), led by Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo promised Ghanaians to create more jobs through the introduction of One District One Factory (1D1F), Planting for Food and Jobs, Nation Builders Corps (NABCO) initiatives and other vibrant economic security programmes. However, after winning the 2016 Presidential Election, things have fallen apart, in a very shameful manner. Although the Akufo-Addo-led administration has done some surface works with regards to the aforementioned promises, the unemployment rate of Ghana continues to be a very great concern for many young people in the country.
One basic interesting thing about the NPP is that they are quick in making vows but when it comes to its fulfilment, then it becomes a serious headache. Surprisingly, most ordinary citizens tend to believe their ballooned promises, and give them their priceless political rights. But along the way, most of these vulnerable electorates begin to learn from their mistakes. They possibly thought Akufo-Addo was an angel for the people of Ghana, not knowing he is a 'snake under grass'. Things have been worse than they expected. While some expected that at least, the Ghana Cedi will perform considerably well as compared to the Dollar, it has rather turned out to be in the opposite direction.
In the 2021 Budget, the government promised to create a ballooned number of jobs, in accordance with the budget period, but nothing significant came up. It was just on paper, and this paperwork has never been erased from the mandates of the Akufo-Addo-led administration. This is exactly their dream - to 'scam' Ghanaians and pretend that they are solving the shameful rate of unemployment in Ghana.
Interestingly, Ken Ofori-Atta, Ghana's Finance Minister has again made mention of solving the unemployment issue in Ghana, by creating more jobs, through the "YouStart' Initiative, highlighted in the 2022 Budget. This is so hilarious because if this same government was unable to find a sustainable solution to the unemployment issue in Ghana from 2016 till now, how can it use this period to do so? It seems the Akufo-Addo government is totally blind when it comes to job creation and economic security issues.
Inarguably, if this budget is being approved by Parliament, it will add more flames to the fire, and if care is not taken, we will not get the needed tools, equipment or resources to quench this fire in the near future.
Ken Ofori-Atta has completely lost the mark; and he must come out, and speak the truth to Ghanaians, rather than making blind statements in order to score some political points. In reality, the consequences of the paperworks in the 2022 budget will be massive on Ghanaians, if approved and implemented.
All youth organizations or agencies or groups, Civil Society Organizations, A-Political Institutions, Opposition Members, People in the Diaspora, and Ghanaians at large must rise in unison and kick strongly against this budget before it causes more harm to the youths.
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