We’ve created a record 2.1 million jobs so far, says Bawumia

Vice president Mahamudu Bawumia was speaking at the launch of the Business and Employment Assistance Programme (BEAP), seeking to employ 20,000 youth

Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia has said the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has created an unprecedented 2.1 million jobs for the youth in the past seven years.

According to him, there is more to be done because there are many young people who need jobs, due to Ghana’s growing youth population.

Speaking at the launch of the YEA’s latest job and business support initiative, the Business and Employment Assistance Programme in Sunyani, on Monday (11 December), Bawumia said the launch of the programme, and other initiatives by the government, demonstrate the government’s commitment to job creation, an effort he said, has resulted in the creation of more jobs than any government has ever done in Ghana’s history.

“This programme (Business and Employment Assistance Programme) is a testament to our government’s focus on job creation,” Bawumia said.

“Unemployment was a real problem and we even had the unemployment graduate association. Our focus, therefore, was to improve job creation through the public and private sector,” he said.

“So far, we have recruited in the private and public sectors 2.1 million jobs; 975 by the private sector and 1.2 million by the public sector. The data is there and this cannot be disputed.”

“I can say with all humility that no government in the history of the 4th Republic has done this (created 1.2m jobs) and this cannot be challenged. It is the hard fact,” Bawumia added.

In spite of the unprecedented 1.2 million jobs created, Bawumia added that more will be done to create more jobs for the Ghanaian youth due to the growing youth population of the country.

“We have done a lot in terms of job creation but we still have a lot more to do because the youth constitute the majority of the population.”

“Even though we have recruited 2.1m, we still have to do more and we will do more because there are many more youth who need jobs. About 70% of Ghana’s population is the youth.”

Bawumia, who is also the flagbearer of the NPP in the 2024 elections, also spoke of the importance of the youth to the nation.

“The youth of this country are our greatest resource, and it is our collective duty to ensure that they are well positioned to make significant contributions to the economic development of our dear nation,” he added.

The Business and Employment Support Programme will help MSMEs grow by supporting skilled workers financially and hiring more youth, through young entrepreneurs, to sustain and expand small and medium scale businesses.

In all, about 10,000 businesses and 20,000 youth, will benefit from the YEA’s programme.


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