President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has announced that already 3,000 youth had been recruited under the Digital Marketing and Entrepreneurship programme.
In addition, he said, more youth would be recruited in the coming months.
The Digital Marketing and Entrepreneurship programme was recently launched at the Accra Digital Centre.
Delivering his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) yesterday, Thursday, February 8, 2018, the president said, “we have launched the Digital Marketing and Entrepreneurship Programme at the Accra Digital Centre. This programme, with ten regional training centres, has already recruited 3,000 young, unemployed people, to undergo a 3-month all-expenses-paid training,” he disclosed.
According to him, the three-month all-expense paid training programme has Ecobank Ghana on board to take in all the 3000 recruits.
“I am happy to announce that Ecobank Ghana Ltd., has already offered to engage all 3,000 young people, after the training programme. This is just the tip of the iceberg,” he mentioned.
President Akufo-Addo however, stressed that the subject of job creation was at the topmost of his list, and that his government had put in place structures to help small and medium scale enterprises and entrepreneurs with the availability of cheaper credit which gives better prospect for jobs.
He also added that he was determined to build the future of the country’s youth, and that his government had shown such commitment through the Nation Builders Corps initiative which will take off next month, with a plan to employ 100,000 youth to assist in public sector service delivery.
“As a start, this government has established the Nation builders Corps to employ 100,000 young persons in 2018 alone, to assist in public sector delivery in health, education agriculture sanitation and the revenue collection department of the Ghana Revenue Authority,” he noted.
According to the president, despite inheriting an economy in dire straits, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) administration had worked assiduously towards ensuring that job opportunities were created for Ghanaians.
“We’ve had important challenges; Invincible and Delta Forces and the tensions at the grassroots of the party over jobs. I appreciate very much the anxiety over jobs. What I’m saying is that the foundation has been laid for jobs. It has not been easy because we inherited a bankrupt economy, but because of the ingenuity of the people I’m working with, we’ve been able to lay a good foundation,” the President touted.
On the Free Senior High School (SHS) programme, President Akufo-Addo said, “it has come to stay.”
According to the president the implementation of his flagship policy “has been very successful.”
He stated emphatically that his administration was committed to ensure quality, accessible and affordable education to all Ghanaians children.
Touching also on the security, the President hinted that his government was in the process of releasing an amount of Ghc800,000,000 (800 million) to resource the Ghana Police Service (GPS) with the necessary equipment to ensure that it carries out its mandate of enforcing law and order in the country.
According to him, the amount will be used for the procurement of modern policing equipment and gadgets to enhance the capacity of the service in dealing with crime in the country.
“The Police, the prosecution services and the judiciary owe it to all of us to make us feel safe. I do not need to repeat that crime wears no political colours, and I am certain that message has gone down to all…The law enforcement agencies will crack down very hard on all those who would disturb the peace of our nation…We will give the Police the resources they need to do their job,” he stated.
“An initial amount of GH¢800 million is being made available to procure and supply, within the next six months, critical, modern policing equipment and gadgets to enhance the capacity of the police to enforce law and order… In the medium to long-term, we will purchase drones and helicopters to assist the police combat violent and environmental crime. The crime laboratories will be modernised, and properly equipped to provide the necessary support,” the President reiterated.
Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH
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