The Flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress, John Dramani Mahama promised Ghanaians some weeks ago to create a minimum of 1 million jobs by the end of his four years tenure in office when elected as the president in the upcoming 2020 general elections.
The promise has been reiterated in the 2020 NDC manifesto dubbed “the people’s manifesto”, which was launched yesterday at the University of Professional Studies.
According to John Mahama, ” we will create not only jobs, but sustainable and decent Jobs, so that people can live dignified lives. With this in mind, we set to develop the people’s manifesto a social contract between the NDC and the people of Ghana. To make our manifesto right and process widely consultative and popular, we adopted a bottom-up approach, in addition to internal consultations within the NDC, our grassroot organs engaged their communities and forwarded their expectations for inclusion. ”
As stated in “the people’s manifesto” The 250,000 job creation per year within the four years tenure which has been dubbed as the “Edwuma pa” initiative “will not only ensure the creation of enough employment opportunities for our youth, but will also ensure that workers are paid decent wages, we will also ensure the provision of legal and social protection such as due process in resolving labour disputes, sick and annual leave, as well as a safe and healthy working environment.”
According to the NDC’s 2020 manifesto, the bottom-up approach in ensuring the creation of 1 million jobs will be centered on the following:
1)Aggressive training and skills development, through the skills training and employment program for unemployed persons (STEP-UP), and the free national apprenticeship program.
2)The Big Push- rapid infrastructure development for jobs.
3)Support the private sector to create more sustainable jobs.
4)Provide Nabco beneficiaries permanent and decent jobs.
5)Implement a national and foreign migration for work program, this is designed to prepare and promote work opportunities abroad for qualified Ghanaians, especially the youth.
6)Establish a comprehensive mechanism of support for new start-ups and existing business in the private sectors.