The Country Director of the International Association of World Peace Advocates-Ghana, Bishop Dr. Samuel Ben Owusu, is urging Government to introduce double-track system into the government sector to mitigate the teeming unemployment situation in the country.
“I want to suggest to government and authorities in charge of employment and labour to introduce double-track system at our workplaces where some institution could run shift- meaning some people would work during the day and others at night,” he expatiated.
This suggestion, he said, would help mitigate the high level of youth unemployment in the country.
He expressed worry over the increase number of youth unemployment after the Covid-19 pandemic which has contributed to high level of crime rate and if care is not taken insecurity would be the next pandemic to hit Ghana and Africa as a whole.
The United Nations Eminent Peace Ambassador made this suggestions at a press conference in Accra on his return from 76th UN General Assembly Meeting and also disclosed some issues that came up during discussion.
He indicated that Ghanaians and Africans have turn social media platform in to mediums where they insult anybody, make negative comments which are recipes for disaster.
He, therefore, condemned hate speech and insults on social media and advised that one could use social media platform to create employment, online marketing and other positive things and make money for themselves.
“High level of unemployment and the negative use of the social media platform has increased crime, intolerance, hatred, violence against women, men and children in the country”, adding that “if we do not develop a strategic plan to curb these issues, we would wake up one morning and there would be chaos in the country”, he said.
Bishop Dr. Owusu further stated that the President for UN General Assembly, Abdulla Shahid promised to set up youth employment Academy where the youth would be given skills.
He pointed out that there is hope for the youth, “Young men and women complete school and come back to stay at home struggling to get into security services meanwhile they do not have the desire to be security personnel but because it’s a secured job.”
He appealed to Inspector General of Police (IGP) to inform or update the general public on crime issues, saying sometimes we only hear that someone has committed a crime and has been arrested and taken to court and the rest of the cases remains in the dark.
“IGP I commend you for the great job you are doing but please let us know whatever become of crime issues in the public domain. The punishments mated to offenders would serve us a deterrent to others who have plans of committing such crimes,” he intoned.