5 December 2012

Ghana: Mahama Promises More Jobs for the Youth

President John Dramani Mahama on Monday outlined government's plans to create more jobs for the teeming youth in the coming years.He said apart from the public sector recruitment, government was also introducing Youth and Job Enterprises centres, stimulus package, Small and Medium Enterprise Incubator Project and the revamping of defunct enterprises with partnership with the private sector.

President Mahama outlined these plans when he met the public services Joint Standing Negotiating Committee stakeholders in labour at the Castle, Osu.

President Mahama commended all the stakeholders in the successful implementation of the single spine salary structure and gave the assurance that others would be placed on the scheme in the coming months.

"So far, a total of 410,000 workers had already been placed on the new salary structure and I hope that in the not too long distance the last 1,590, representing 10 organizations, will also be placed on the scheme," President Mahama emphasized.

The President explained that under the Youth and Job Enterprises, government would create centres, where the youth with skills would be financially supported to expand their businesses and also employ others in their enterprises.

He said under the stimulus package, government would identify and support giant enterprises to create job opportunities for more Ghanaian youth, while the revamping of the defunct enterprises would encourage partnership between government and the private sector.

Dr, Kofi Asamoah, Secretary General of the Ghana Trades Union Congress, appealed to government to strengthen the Fair Wages Services Commission to enable them to put up measures that would ensure pay equity and living wages.

He said the pensioners for example had expressed dissatisfaction that government had over the years imposed trustees on them and appealed to government to review the trend to ensure peace and unity at the labour front.

The Secretary General hinted that organized labour would be tough in negotiating for the next minimum wage in view of the fact that the Members of Parliament and some staff at the Presidency had recently received phenomenal pay rises.

In another development President John Dramani Mahama has given the assurance that government would revamp all the defunct state industries to revive business and make Tema the famous industrial city in Africa more vibrant than before.

He said apart from that, government would also construct an interchange at the Tema roundabout linking the motorway to reduce perennial traffic congestion at the area.

President Mahama gave this assurance on Monday when he addressed a rally at Tema Community two as part of his three-day campaign tour of the Greater Accra Region.

The campaign tour took the President to Ada, Ningo, Prampram, Kpone Katamanso, Ashaiman, Nungua, Teshie, La, Arts Centre, Dansoman and Chorkor, while he would be expected to tour Nima, Maamobi, Madina, Adenta and Legon among other suburbs in the subsequent days.

The President said it was regrettable that Tema, which became the most industrialized city in the West African Sub-Region some years ago, was now a pale shadow of itself in terms of business and commerce.

He also promised to supply the Volta Aluminum Company adequate electricity to realize its maximum production that would create more job opportunities for the youth in the country and beyond.

On the elections, the President advised the electorate especially the youth to stay away from negative tendencies that could undermine the peace and unity the country had enjoyed over the years.

"Elections are not about wars or conflicts, but issues and programmes that can attract and convince the electorate to make informed choices," he added.

He said the National Democratic Congress had over the years performed tremendously well to merit another chance in the upcoming elections on Friday and called on the supporters to stay focused and address issues that would convince more voters to their side.

President Mahama also promised to initiate a number of projects that would provide jobs and attract Ghanaians living abroad to return to the country to offer their support for the betterment of the country.

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