The Kofi Akpaloo led Liberal Party of Ghana (LPG) has promised to create hundred thousand jobs every year if their leader is elected as president in the 2020 general election.
This is one of the key points in the policy document released by the Greater Accra Regional Chairman of LPG, Horace Grant today (Sunday), which detailed a twenty-point agenda for the nation if elected.
Giving a breakdown of the rate of unemployment in the country, Horace said, “millions of people are unemployed.
“Over a hundred thousand new entrants join the labour force each year meaning the unemployed share of the labour force more than tripled in less than a decade.
He argued that there is no reliable data on unemployment for women and young people in the country. For Horace, unemployed youths are uneducated and unskilled.
“Creating jobs and economic opportunities for these people will be vital both for reducing the pool of easy recruits for violent groups and reducing underlying grievances that feed the conflict”.
As a solution, he said their administration, if elected in 2020 will, “Launch a new, more efficient, cost-effective and sustainable national Entrepreneurship Development and Job Creation Programme.
“Target the creation of up to 100 thousand self and wage-paying employment opportunities in the private sector annually.
“Target all categories of youth, including graduates, early school leavers as well as the massive numbers of uneducated youth who are currently not in schools, employment or training.
“Create incubation centres, clusters and industrial/commercial hubs to provide a marketplace for MSMEs and SMPs.
“Champion the repositioning and streamlining the activities of the existing State Government Job Creation Agencies’’.
Apart from job creation, the document also lists three other areas of priority namely infrastructure development, human capital development and poverty eradication.
According to the Chairman, they have plans to lift 10 million Ghanaians out of poverty, by 2024.
Furthermore, he stated that they have plans to privatize the National Petroleum Authority and also sell the national refinery.
Other areas of focus will be to overhaul the Ghana Police Service to become an honest and professional organization that it ought to have been.
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