A Young Diplomat, Mr. Akwasi Boakye has called on government to muster the political will in dismissing workers who have reached their retirement ages yet are still in the public sector so as to spur the creation of space for the employment of more youth.
According to him, it is really pathetic to say, that regardless of the escalating unemployment levels bedeviling the economy, employers in the formal sector continue to lay off employees owing to redundancy. Yet, he declared that there are several individuals in the formal sector whose retirement ages are due but remain employed.
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Mr. Boakye who is an entrepreneur asserted that due to this circumstance, the government is precluded from absorbing the large number of unemployed youth which in a way could have addressed the increasing youth unemployment.
In an interview with Change Agent Media yesterday, the 26 year old youth said, it is very necessary “to take measures in cleaning up the business and economic environment so that the investment that we need, especially for these large-scale initiatives which would give the opportunity for employment on a large scale, could take place.”
“Government should have the will power to dismiss over-aged employees in order to employ more youth in the public sectors” he said.
Suggesting ways to address unemployment especially among the youth, Mr. Boakye said, government should support the growth of new businesses that are springing up by providing grants and tax breaks in favour of these businesses.
He added that, government should employ bonded professional-oriented workers like nurses, teachers and many others.
Advising the youth, Mr. Boakye who is the Co -Founder of Diplomat Tour indicated that, if there is a way and an opportunity for the youth to establish their own businesses, they should do so devoid of fear or panic.
“It should not always be about the government providing them the jobs, they should have the zeal and will power to get theirs running” he urged.
Adding that, if possible, the government should provide incentives to new graduates with entrepreneurial skills who are prepared to establish their own businesses.
He also pointed out that, the school curriculum is a very essential part of education that develops the mind, soul, and body of a student.
Therefore, students must involve themselves in the school curriculum activities because not only do they render students bright, they help them acquire knowledge not found in books.
This year, Mr. Boakye stressed that, as part of the government’s job creation strategies, it should create the enabling environment for the private sector to thrive so that it would create the needed jobs.
In his view, creating jobs in the public sector was not the way to go. Adding that, “We cannot create jobs in the public sector, but the government should rather provide the relevant incentives for the private sector to create the jobs.”
Editor: Mr Kwabena Asare Baffour