Chief Economist at ACET, Dr. Yaw Ansu made this known at a national dialogue on youth employment in Ghana on Wednesday in Accra, calling on the various political parties contesting in the December 7 polls to make youth employment a top priority when elected into power.
The dialogue was held under the theme: ‘National Policy Dialogue On Youth Employment Challenges in Ghana: What do the policy makers and politicians have to say?
It offered the various political parties contesting in the 2016 elections the opportunity to state their positions on how to tackle unemployment among the youth through the modernization of agriculture, skills training and how growth in the economy can translate into increased employment opportunities for the youth.
According to statistics, about 48 percent of youth in the country are unemployed.
Dr. Ansu said the persistent high youth unemployment in Ghana could pose serious security challenges to the country in the near future if it’s not addressed effectively.
When about three-quarters of your people are without jobs, you’re not safe. It’s a time-bomb, he told representatives of the various political parties.