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Mahama on unemployment: Ghana can’t stay on this “disastrous path”

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According to data from the Ghana Statistical Service, according to former president John Dramani Mahama, the administration continues to let the country down on a number of fronts, which has resulted in the worst unemployment rate in recent memory in Ghana.

He claimed that because of this, government employees—including teachers, health care providers, civil servants, and security guards—continue to bear the extra load of a growing population.

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“This hopeless state of unemployment places additional demands on the time and resources of current workers and regrettably prevents them from spending time with their family at home.

The reality is that our country cannot continue down this disastrous path, where the government denies young people the chance to find employment and refuses to protect retirees’ investments due to its careless mismanagement of the economy, which has caused the collapse of numerous companies, including Ghanaian-owned banks. In a statement made on Monday, May 1, in honour of May Day, Mr. Mahama stated.

Here is his complete statement:

Happy May Day, everyone!

Today, I salute the initiative, inventiveness, and initiative of all workers and genuinely thank you for keeping the government afloat.

The government is failing the country on numerous fronts, according to the Ghana Statistical Service, which has resulted in the worst unemployment rate in recent memory for Ghana.

Given this situation, government employees—including teachers, health care providers, civil servants, and security personnel—continue to bear the extra weight of a growing population.

In addition to placing additional demands on the time and energy of current employees, this dire state of unemployment robs their families of their presence at home.

The reality is, though, that our country cannot continue down this disastrous path, one in which the government denies young people the chance to find employment and refuses to protect retirees’ investments due to its careless mismanagement of the economy, which has caused a number of companies, including Ghanaian-owned banks, to fail.

To address the real status of Ghana’s economy, I have repeatedly advocated for an honest and open national conversation. I do this in the hopes that together we can exchange views and come to a decision on the best course of action for everyone.

This is also the reason I maintain pleading with the IMF to support the Akufo-Addo and Bawumia government so that it can handle the Ghanaian economy with capital, credibility, and caution. The government would find it difficult to fulfil its duty to pay employees if the Fund does not take quick action.

The government’s incompetence and refusal to contribute to vital social protection funds like LEAP, GETFund, NHIL, and DACF worsens the condition of our teeming youth unemployed.

I will continue pleading with you, the nation’s brave workers, to hold out hope for a better future: one that will protect retirees’ investments, revive and repair bankrupt companies, create real jobs, and ensure that our statutory organisations that provide protection to the weak in society are not cruelly starved of funding. Today, as we celebrate May Day and bravely navigate these challenging times.

You are the foundation of our nation and embody the Black Star of dignity and optimism that is so fervently praised in our national song. We have managed to stay afloat in the midst of the current economic turmoil thanks to your perseverance and loyal commitment to our beloved country.

Ghanaian Workers, I salute you for motivating us to remain resolute and strive towards creating the Ghana we desire together.

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