2020 budget: Our Business Development programmes will see graduates start their own businesses - Ken Ofori-Atta

By Mutala Yakubu
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Minister for Finance Ken Ofori-Atta says the government's several academic intervention and Business Development programmes will help graduates to set up their own businesses.

Ken Ofori-Atta presenting the 2020 budget in Parliament said government is focused on transforming the lives of Ghanaians and will make sure they implement all their 16 flagship programmes.

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"The first batch of the free SHS students will be graduating in 2020. Government has released fund to pay for the WASSCE examination fees. We are confident that as a result of the academic intervention programmes we have rolled up, the success rate will be high to prove the sceptics wrong. The graduates will be ready to enter our tertiary institutions as well join other internship programmes on our Business Development programmes to enable them start their own businesses.

Ghanaian youth are faced with unemployment as many struggle to find jobs after school.

Mr Ofori-Atta says these intervention programmes will equip them enough to start businesses on their own.

He also disclosed that government will continue to pay teacher trainee allowances as well as that of nursing trainees in public health training institutions.

He finally said the government is also bent on creating jobs for the youth and they will over the next few years establish 32 Technical and Vocational Education and Training Institutions in the country.

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This he believes will equip the youth enough to be ready for the job market.