Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo Maafo
Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo Maafo says there is no vacancy at the public sector for unemployed Ghanaians. Speaking at the Ghana Economic Forum Monday, the former Finance Minister said the public sector is already choked with teeming workers.
“There will not be any additional employment in the public sector”, he said.
The Ghana Statistical Service has estimated the country’s unemployment rate at 5.20 percent, a figure which represented a dip from last year’s 5.96 percent.
Also, a research conducted by the Institute of Statistics, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) this year has revealed only 10 percent of graduates are able to find jobs after their first year out of school.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said the success of his government will be judged by the number of jobs created. Job creation was one of his major campaign promises in the lead up to the 2016 elections.
At his first encounter with senior journalists at the Flagstaff House, the President said his government’s Planting for Food and Jobs Project, the one-district one-factory programme among others are aimed at creating jobs.
But the Senior Minister said there is no job in the public sector for the many unemployed youth in the country.
Mr Maafo said no economy expands by employing more people or creating employment avenues in only the civil service.
He explained government should focus on empowering the private sector to create job opportunities which will lead to the growth of the economy.
“We can only employ more if we grow the private sector and that should be our aim”, he added.