Ghana’s biggest opposition party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC), will today, Monday, September 7, 2020, launch its manifesto for the upcoming December 2020 elections.
The launch was initially scheduled to come on September 1,2020 but was postponed by the NDC’s Functional Executive Committee.
Though the NDC’s unsuccessful 2016 bid to the presidency was under the theme Changing Lives Transforming Ghana, the theme for the 2020 manifesto, as well as its key policy statements, remain under wraps ahead of its manifesto launch.
In line with that,Talksafrica.com engaged some Ghanaian youths on what they expect from the opposition party as they present their manifesto today.
After speaking to a number of Ghanaian youths in Accra,their biggest concerns has to do with unemployment and the way forward as a country.
Kojo,a graduate from the University of Professional Studies indicated that,it will be of the greatest interest should the National Democratic Congress manifesto be centered on tackling unemployment rather than other areas.
“If they can tackle unemployment then its good but if all they know is to steal Ghana’s money then my friend they will fail because Ghanaian youth need jobs that’s all”
Sandra,who is a final year student of the University of Ghana also touched on the fact that,providing temporary jobs in the country a good move but that do not solve the plight of the ordinary Ghanaian youth on the street.
She added that,there should be a policy to ensure that unemployment becomes the utmost priority of any government in power.
“we need to implement policy to ensure that employment become the most important thing for the government because the youth dominate the economy”
Ghana over the years has been battling with unemployment.The country saw a decline in Unemployment rate in 2016,2017 and 2018.However in 2019 there was an increase in the rate of Unemployment in the country.
Statistics for unemployment within the last four years.
unemployment rate for 2019 was 4.33%, a 0.17% increase from 2018.
Ghana unemployment rate for 2018 was 4.16%, a 0.07% decline from 2017.
Ghana unemployment rate for 2017 was 4.22%, a 1.23% decline from 2016.
Ghana unemployment rate for 2016 was 5.45%, a 1.36% decline from 2015.
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