2022 Budget an agenda for jobs, support it-Oppong Nkrumah to MPs

Minister for Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, has admonished his colleague Members of Parliament to support the 2022 budget statement.

The Minister, who is also the MP for Ofoase Ayirebi, argued that the 2022 budget statement and economic policy responds to concerns of youth unemployment in the country.

Contributing to the debate on the budget, the Minister opined that the government had been compelled to initiate new measures in creating job opportunities for the youth following the negative impact of the Covid-19 outbreak.

He explained that the budget would help provide job opportunities for the youth in both the public and private sectors of the country.

“By 2016, when the immediate past administration was leaving office, growth had come to as low as 3.4%. Until COVID hit us, this government was growing the economy at an average of 7% on year on year. What that meant was that a lot of young people were getting jobs in the private sector. Additionally, even in the public sector, the government of Ghana under the leadership of President Akufo-Addo ensured that at least about 300,000 young Ghanaians were recruited in the public sector both for those who are paid by the Controller and Accountant General and from those from the Non-Subverted Agencies.

“This is very different from the days we were told that because we were down to the bone and had gone to the IMF, we couldn’t have recruited people into the public sector. But what is even exciting is that in this 2022 budget, this administration has made available GHS1 billion to support young men and women who want to embark on their own business known as the YouthStart initiative. And so, Mr. Speaker, the most important issue on the minds of Ghanaians is being answered by the 2020 budget,” he added.

By: Rainbowradioonline.com/Ghana

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