#2019Budget: 208,620 private sector jobs created – Ofori-Atta

The private sector created over 200,000 jobs in the first 10 months of 2018 due to prudent policies implemented by the Akufo-Addo-led government, Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta has said.

“Mr Speaker, our policies have improved the business environment and the private sector has responded by increasing jobs. Based on SSNIT data, the private sector added 208,620 formal jobs in the first 10 months of 2018, an increase on the 197,000 formal jobs registered in 2017. We have resourced the Ghana Statistical Service and the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations to develop a more robust system to track employment on a quarterly basis,” he told parliament.

According to him, the government is also doing its part on job creation.

“Over the period 2017 and 2018, the Ministry of Finance granted financial clearance to various agencies to recruit 88,719 Ghanaians into critical sectors of agriculture, health, and education to enable us to improve service delivery. In addition, the Nation Builders Corps (NaBCo), a three-year transitional job opportunity for young graduates has enrolled 100,000 young graduates to support the delivery of critical public services,” he stated.

Mr Ofori-Atta said these when he delivered the 2019 budget statement on Thursday, 15 November 2018.

Mr Ofori-Atta noted that NaBCo was a monumental achievement as it is the largest single jobs and skills development programme in the last 50 years.

“The testimonies from the beneficiaries and their families have reaffirmed government’s commitment to transform our society,” he added.

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