The presidential nominee of the National Democratic Congress, President John Mahama, has said there are almost half a million job vacancies under National Youth Employment Programme (NYEP), urging interested persons to apply.
The promise comes after almost three years of ban on recruitment into government agencies in a bid to contained rising public sector wages, the large size of public sector workers and fiscal discipline.
At a campaign rally at Senya Bereku in the Central Region, the president urged voters to retain his administration, promising to create more job opportunities in his second term.
“Those who want to be enrolled onto the youth employment modules should see their Members of Parliament because from 2017, we have vacancies for 400,000 young people under the Youth Employment Agency,” president Mahama said as he campaigned for the December 7 vote.
The new recruitment is to ease the unemployment situation in the country which many labour experts have described as ticking time bomb.
The president also pledged to build fishing landing sites in Senya Bereku and construct the Swedru-Bodwease road.
“We have already begun building a market and for those who ply the Bodwease road, I want you t know that we have assigned a contractor to complete the Swedru-Bodwease road,” he said.
President John Mahama has also promised a progressively free tertiary education and a meter to every home.
The cost of these promises was not made available.
Ghana will come of its three-year aid programme with the International Monetary Fund next year and the economy has been projected to growth at a respected rate.
President said the country will come out of the programme with a robust economy despite calls from the Trades Union Congress for the deal to be ended.
His rival, Nana Akufo-Addo, is promising a million dollar to every constituency to alleviate poverty. In addition, he has promised to build a dam in every farming village in the three northern regions.
He has also promised to build an agro-processing factory in every district, tax rebate to businesses and a reduction of import duties.