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300,000 jobs annually will cure Ghana's unemployment challenges - World Bank

By Clement Edward Kumsah
Dr. Beatrix Allah-Mensah
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According to the World Bank, Ghana needs to create over 300,000 jobs annually to be in a position to contain the unemployment situation in the country.

Head of Operation, Dr. Beatrix Allah-Mensah speaking at the launch of the ‘Labour Intensive Public Works Policy’ noted "access to jobs is even more crucial in the rural areas and for the poor thus making job security a social protection issue." 

She pointed out public works play a crucial role in sustaining the economic activity as the offer temporary employment mostly for unskilled labour.   

"We as an institution are very pleased to see that the labour intensive public works policy is in line with the national employment policy as well as the national social protection policy" she stated. 

Dr. Allah-Mensah disclosed the World Bank has supported the Ghanaian government with $158.6m in the implementation of the Labour Intensive Public Works Program under the Ghana Social Opportunities Project. 

"This is thematic and coordinated approach with the essentials to ensuring that economically active poor in Ghana gain access to needed employment and training," she said. 

A survey report released in July by the Institute of Economic Affairs, (IEA) between November and December, 2015 involving 1,500 people across the 10 regions found unemployment status ranked as a major problem for the Ghanaian citizenry.