Ghana needs to create over 300,000 jobs every year to be able to deal with the unemployment situation in the country. This is according to the world banks head of operation Dr Beatrix Allah-mensah.
She was speaking at the launch of the labour intensive public works policy she said this is to avoid the increasing unemployment in both the rurual and urban areas.
“Access to jobs is even more crucial in the rural areas and for the poor thus making job security a social protection issue,” Dr Allah-Mensah noted.
A recent survey conducted by the Institute of Economic Affairs, (IEA) released in July found unemployment as the number one problem the majority of Ghanaians are facing.
Conducted between November and December, 2015, some 1,500 people were sampled from across the 10 regions of the country. The respondents were 18 years and above.
The survey identified females, urban dwellers and the majority of the residents in the Central, Eastern and Western Regions responding that unemployment is their biggest worry in Ghana currently.
According to her, Public Works therefore contributes significantly in addressing such challenges through the provision of temporary employment mostly for unskilled workers.
“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,” Dr Allah-Mensah said.
The World Bank she noted hope these policies will promote a concerted approach for implementation of activities by leasing with the ministries; that is the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development and Minstry of Employment and Labour Relations as well as the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection.
“This is thematic and cordinated approach with the essentials to ensuring that economically active poor in Ghana gain access to needed employment and training,” she said.
Dr Allah-Mensah said World Bank has supported the government of Ghana with some $158.6 million in the implementation of the Labour Intensive Public Works Program under the Ghana Social Opportunities Project.