The General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, has assured Ghanaians that a new NDC government will focus on skills training that will create more jobs the youth.
He said the opposition party had put in place the necessary steps to ensure that the youth find decent, sustainable jobs through various training and employment programmes to create wealth for all when the NDC is voted into power.
Under the Free National Apprenticeship Programme which has been captured in the NDC’s 2020 manifesto, Mr Asiedu Nketiah explained that a John Mahama-led administration will find funds to support the programme which is expected to train about 500,000 youngsters across the country.
Mr Asiedu Nketiah made this known on Monday while addressing a gathering at the Berekum Palace when the NDC flagbearer, Mr John Mahama, called on the chiefs and people of Berekum in the Bono region as part of his tour of the region.
“We have focused on white-collar jobs and neglected skills training for far too long. Our policy in skills training will create a lot of jobs such that when these 500,000 young people are trained they will be given financial support by the government to establish their own businesses after successful completion of the training programme,” said the NDC’s chief scribe.
“Our government will register artisans and pay them to train these young people. I mean the youth who will be selected to be part of the programme will learn new skills for free under these master craftsmen,” Asiedu Nketiah stated.
The NDC has said its job creation policies will be rapidly deployed through needed interventions that are applied to ensure that all sectors of the economy give priority to the creation of sustainable and decent jobs, with high levels of productivity that will be linked to wages.
To this end, Asiedu Nketiah urged all young people in the Bono region to vote for a change for John Mahama to implement these policies through aggressive training and skills development, through the Skills, Training and Employment Programme for Unemployed Persons (STEP-UP).
He also touched on the legalization of the commercial motorcycles popularly known as okada to create more jobs for the youth.
To him, the operations of okada have been integrated into the daily routines of most Ghanaians such that it cannot be prohibited despite existing laws banning it.
“Ghanaians love okada. People patronise their services because they love them. If Ghanaians did not like their services, Okada business would have collapsed by now. So what we in the NDC have said is, we will amend the laws to legalize and regularize okada so that they don’t create problems,” Asiedu Nketiah noted.