Former President John Dramani Mahama, has expressed concern over the increasing cases of youth unemployment in the country.
According to him this he believes need to be urgently attended to as it pose a threat to the national security.
The NDC Presidential candidate made these assertions at a meeting with the Osudoku Traditional Council at Osuwem in the Shai Osudoku district of the Greater Accra Region.
Mr Mahama said, “Youth unemployment is the most serious danger to the stability and security of Ghana.” He expressed the NDC’s readiness to tackle the unemployment challenge, noting that the People’s Manifesto contains practical solutions for the youth and the country.
“all our programmes, if you take the People’s Manifesto that the NDC has come out with, it is targeted towards finding jobs jobs jobs,” he said
Former President Mahama indicated that, the free TVET programme that he says will be introduced when the party wins the December polls will help to reduce Youth unemployment in the country.
According to him, this will equip students with skills with which they can gain employment or employ themselves.
He also stated that,the National Apprenticeship Programme, will target school students who would be trained by mastercraft persons and artisans in various traditional vocations such as dressmaking, hairdressing, barbering or vehicle repairing.
Mr. Mahama said, upon completion, government would set the beneficiaries up by providing them with the needed tools and equipment, at no cost to them, in order for them to begin working for themselves.
The NDC Presidential Candidate also indicated that the planned investment of $10billion in infrastructure will produce more jobs for the youth of the country.
On the matter of the deplorable nature of the roads in Shai Osudoku, the former President expressed dismay that the road projects his government awarded on contract have been abandoned by the Akufo-Addo government. He however assured the chiefs and people that when the NDC returns, it would complete all abandoned projects, including the Osudoku roads.
President John Mahama is currently on a five-day tour to the Greater Accra Region of Ghana.