Ghana’s Minister for Finance, Ken Ofori Atta has announced that 11 million jobs will be created for the youth in the country and the funding will be sourced from the 1.75% E-levy.
Ken Ofori Atta said that 58% of the country’s population ranges from 15 to 59 years and that is about 18million Ghanaians.
The Co-founder of Databank made this known while addressing thousands of young people, at a Springboard Youth Dialogue at the University of Cape Coast in the Central region on the theme “Building a Sustainable Entrepreneurial Nation; Opportunities for Ghana’s Youth” said, “2.4million are in formal employment whilst the remaining 15 million are split between informal and underemployment.”
He said “For us as a government, our task is to ensure we extend opportunities to the youth. The consequences of having eleven million people with no clear path, undoubtedly, our recovery efforts hinges on tailored support to provide skills and funding to our young people to pursue their ambition to free them.”
“How do we as a nation move into an entrepreneurial stage to have an opportunity to contribute to national development? How do we reduce our debt and create employment?
“How do we take care of our infrastructure and roads so that we open up the country and build good Internet systems to create opportunities for all? Why are we being resistant to the future? We have nothing to fear. Have we as a nation understood the times that we are in and are we ready to sacrifice to move to a whole different level?” he asked.
He stated that “When somebody tells you we shouldn’t go there, tell them, give me an alternative for these 11 million people who are at home and not working.”