General News of Friday, 30 November 2012

Source: myjoyonline

Akufo-Addo jabs Mahama over unemployment

The flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party says the government’s record on job creation over the last four years is not the least but impressive.

Nana Akufo-Addo said the president and his team of ministers by announcing phantom jobs only add insult to injury of the many unemployed youth who are desperately looking for jobs.

Speaking to students of the University of Development Studies at the Navrongo Campus where he outlined his vision on job creation, the NPP flagbearer said the president cannot continue to rationalize the absence of jobs when he is always trumpeting Ghana’s growth rate.

“The government adds insult to injury regularly by making claims that only makes the suffering of the people worse. They announce they have created 1.7 million jobs at a time when a ban has been placed on public sector hiring and when they had sacked thousands of young people from jobs because they were said to be NPP supporters.

“The president on his part is happy to trumpet Ghana’s economy as the fastest growing economy of the world but when it comes to unemployment, he is quick to add that unemployment is a global problem facing even far larger economies like the US and the UK,” he said.

He said for the Ghanaian youth, citing figures of employment rates in other countries is “pointless”.

“All they want is jobs. The NPP is committed to building a huge society of opportunity where every Ghanaian has the opportunity to improve their circumstance to move the country forward.”