Churches must use entrepreneurial initiatives to create jobs – Alan Kyerematen
Mr. Alan Kyerematen, Minister of Trade and Industry, urged the church to focus on advancing entrepreneurship initiatives to create jobs for the young people in abundance in the country.
This, he said, was essential to complement the government’s efforts to create employment opportunities for citizens for sustained socio-economic growth.
The Minister said so on Thursday in Accra at the 3rd National Public Conference on the topic: “Exploiting Employment Prospects and Opportunities in the Commercial Industry Sector”.
“He said that while the cardinal role of the church was to win souls, it was imperative that the church also take action through advocacy to find solutions to the unemployment situation in the country.
Discussing the interventions aimed at creating jobs, Mr. Kyerematen said the government has created an enabling policy environment for the private sector to create jobs and income.
He pointed out that the one district, one factory initiative has decentralized the creation of industries across the country and created employment opportunities for young people.
Mr. Kyerematen said that more than 300 factories had been set up in the country under the initiative, pointing out that 150 of these companies were operational, while others were under construction.
The government, he said, has identified new strategic poles for the diversification of its natural resources in order to create job opportunities, since the state cannot continue to export the resources in their raw state.
The minister said the government has started assembling and manufacturing vehicle components and is focusing on integrating aluminum and bauxite to supply components for vehicles and the country’s assembly plant.
“We focus on the garment and textile industry to leverage their skills to compete in the global market. Bangladesh earns $30 billion from the industry,” he said.
He said the government had deepened its engagement with the UK in the manufacture of medicines and pharmaceuticals to reduce the country’s import bill.
Mr. Kyerematen urged the public, especially young people, to take advantage of government employment opportunities to reduce unemployment and make them productive in life.
Mr Nelson Amo, Managing Director of Innohub Limited, said the country’s unemployment rate posed a threat to security and called for urgent attention.
MrAmo said the country must have a coordinated program to train young people in vocational and technical skills to export them abroad due to the demand for technical know-how.
The Very Reverend Professor Joseph Obiri YeboahMante, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, has urged the government to speed up job creation for the people.
Professor Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, President of the Presbyterian University of Ghana, said the University had introduced an entrepreneurial program dubbed “Project and Product” in which students had to have projects in mind during their studies and come away with products. at the end of the program.