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We’ve created over 1 million jobs since 2017 – Employment Minister

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The Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Ignatius Baffour-Awuah has disclosed that the Akufo-Addo government has created over one million jobs since it took over the administration of the State in January 2017.

He said the jobs were mainly from the formal sector.

Speaking at the May Day celebration in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region on Tuesday, Baffour-Awuah attributed the jobs created to the various interventions put in place by President Akufo-Addo.

“Between January 2017 and March 2018, a total of 1,096,404 various jobs within the formal space as a result of the various interventions from His Excellency, the president. The details of these jobs are with me, and I will make them available to the press for their deeper consideration of the figures,” he added.

Over 20,000 jobs created– Ibrahim Awal

This comes on the back of a claim by the Minister of Business Development, Ibrahim Awal, that his Ministry alone created over 20,000 jobs since 2017.

“Everything we do is aimed at creating jobs…We need to create over 230,000 jobs from my Ministry alone for the next two years to make sure we achieve the President’s vision of making Ghana business friendly and helping young people to grow and own businesses. Last year [2017] alone, we had over 20,000 done, and as we support young businesses to expand, they then create the jobs and support young people.”

Nation Builders Corps launched

Before the May Day ceremony, President Akufo-Addo earlier in the day [Tuesday] launched the Nation Builder’s Corps (NABCO) aimed at exploring other alternatives to create jobs for the country’s youth.

Launching the employment programme, Akufo-Addo said the Nation Builder’s Corps would employ one hundred thousand graduates across the country.

“Government’s commitment to job creation will not end here but will be accelerated through the implementation of our flagship programmes of One district, one factory; One village, one dam and the programme for Planting for Food and Jobs. We are also creating an enabling economic environment for the private sector to thrive. We should drive in investment, foreign and domestic and thereby help create jobs.”

He said the beneficiaries would also receive a monthly salary of GHc700.

 

Source: Citinewsroom