The head of Economics Department at the University of Ghana-Legon has charged government to be willing to go extra length in finding lasting solutions to the country’s youth unemployment menace which has lingered on under different governments.
He said during his insightful presentation at a national dialogue on youth unemployment in Ghana organized by STAR Ghana Foundation in partnership with National Youth Authority, Ghana Think Foundation, Youth Advocates Ghana, Civil Societies Platform on SDGs and Graphic Communications Group.
The event which is a two day residential dailogue, Themed: ’’Addressing unemployment in Ghana: strategies for sustainability and inclusivity’’ builds on regional convenings organized across the country by STAR Ghana and its partners. The purpose of the event is to provide the space for ongoing dialogue on youth unemployment in Ghana and develop broad national consensus on inclusive and sustainable strategies to address the problem of same.
The event saw the present of the academia,chair for National Youth Authority Hon. Francisca Oteng who doubles as MP for Kwabre East in Ashanti Region,Hon.Yussif Mustapha C.E.O for National Service Secretariat(NSS),Proff. William Baah-Boateng, Director of Ghana Think Foundation Mr.Ato Ulzen-Appiah , Representative of National Youth Authority, media fraternity, about two hundred youth drawn from different areas and many other participants.
Proff.William Baah bemoaned the posture of government appointees usually formulating policies or interventions with recourse to empirical data collected on issues or without the involvement of technocrats inputs with its resultant effects as abrupt collapse or non-sustainability of policies or interventions.
He shared his opinion on the governments flagship project dabbed NABCO as one of the rashly implemented intervention without paying more diligence to its sustainability and impact on its beneficiaries.
According Proff.William Baah challenges such as wrong targeting, where those ought to have been picked to beneficiaries rather loses out and those who had something doing already but have the thought that new job would be better off. The inability of policy makers to decipher the different unemployment and vulnerable employment as one issue that needs much attention as the former refers those actively seeking for work and the latter being those already engaged in work that is not their target.
The event allowed presenters to be asked questions by participants from different parts of the country and different bodies. Proff.William Baah also lamented the rate at which government loses revenue as a result of the up surge in unemployment among the teeming youth that could other wise be made to pay tax on their earnings.