Anyaa Sowutuom MP Holds Job Fair To Create Employment For Constituency Youths
The Member of Parliament for Anyaa Sowutuom Constituency, Dr. Dickson Adomako Kissi, has introduced a career development programme/job fair for his constituents and students of the Pentecost University in Accra, aimed at creating employment opportunities.
The fair which saw over 30 private and public companies present sought to engage the youth and provide an opportunity for job seekers, students seeking internship opportunities, graduates, and other categories.
Addressing attendees at the event, the Minister of Information, who doubles as a Member of Parliament (MP) for Ofoase Ayirebi Region, Mr. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, urged the youth to take opportunities in the private sector to boost their economic lives seeing that times are hard; “indeed times are hard the world over “, he stressed.
According to him, despite the economic challenges, the Ghanaian economy was expanding and creating opportunities: and there was a need to strengthen its entrepreneurial ecosystem even in the midst of the current economic challenges.
Mr. Nkrumah stated that the economic challenges facing the country were a global problem however, the youth could take advantage of that as government was committed to creating jobs in the public sector.
“It is true that times are hard globally but the Ghanaian economy is expanding gradually. There’s a lot of expansion in the public sector in the areas of the security agencies such as the police, military, and, immigration recruitment among others. It is true that not everybody will get the chance to be recruited but it is a sign that gradually the public sector is expanding and what use to happen at first when we have a freeze in the public sector recruitment is now turning around and gradually some young people are getting jobs in the public sector,” he added.
He encouraged the youth to venture into entrepreneurship rather than relying on the government for a collar job. He further cited Ghana’s inflation rate hitting a record high of 23.6percent which he said has never been this high in the eighteen (18) years.
Mr. Oppong Nkrumah pointed out that, the cause of the recent hardship on individuals and economics is mainly due to the effect the coronavirus pandemic has on various economies in the world, forcing countries to undergo various levels of lockdowns, affecting productivity causing destructions in supply chains.
The lawmaker noted that the recent Russia and Ukraine war has even come to compound the plight of countries worldwide to the extent that the Military in the United States of America is flying around the world in search of baby foods due to its severe shortage in the US.
He explained that the Ghanaian economy was traditionally entrepreneurship, until in 1844 after the bond was signed, the colonial government introduced the public sector work.
“So gradually many of us have sought to get involved in the public sector work and our entrepreneurial abilities have been dwindling. What the state believes in is that, we should reinvest in our entrepreneurial abilities so that the private sector can expand some more: create more jobs and income to improve the quality of lives,” the minister stated.
Mr. Oppong Nkrumah advised the youth to use the five entrepreneurial pillars namely value, innovation, proof of concept, investment, and institutionalisation to enable them to build good entrepreneurial skills and become self-reliant.
The MP for AnyaaSowutuom, Dr. Dickinson Adomako Kissi addressing the media said the program was to introduce available job avenues in the office or on offer by companies and business owners to enable job seekers within the constituency to find jobs and make carrier choices.
“A lot of students when leaving have issues of national service placement or internships and also a lot of people come to my office in relations to finding work and it’s difficult to attend to them all at the same time so I decided to hold this fair to create job opportunities for them.” —
Included in the program’s focus was so that resumes can be screened for shortlisting and further employment, as well as corrections in the resumes, pointed out by seasoned Human Resource Managers to further enhance the chances of these job seekers to get employed.
He disclosed that he has earmarked the year 2022 as a ” year of jobs “, stressing that as a representative of his constituents in Parliament, he was committed to ensuring job opportunities were created to enable them to earn a decent living.
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