Chief Abdulai Mohammed has called on the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government led by Nana Akuffo Addo Danquah to come out with pragmatic measures and revive the agricultural sector to provide jobs for the citizenry.
In his desire to ensure that the “unemployment challenges facing the youth is curbed, the President of the Northern Chiefs at Mpasatia in the Atwima Mponua District of Ashanti Region said the Nana Akuffo Addo government is on the right path to solve the unemployment situation in the country through “One district one factory. Policy. He noted that the policy is laudable but it will take time before the nation sees the results in terms of creation.
To this end, Chief Abdulai suggested that since the President is making a steady preparation of job creation, it would be prudent if he could use his first term in office to focus the agricultural sector where the youth would be financially and logistically encouraged to engage themselves in self-employment in agriculture.
Speaking to the Public Agenda at Mpasatia, the Council of Northerners chief who is also the Zongo chief of Mpasatia, said alternatively, as a result of the importance attached to the solution of the unemployment situation in the country, government can also involve the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives, Ministers of state and Council of State Members across the country for emergency meeting and deliberate on farming potentials of each Region and District for cultivation of crops that have a short time for its harvest and encourage the youth to enter into commercial farming to make ends meet.
Zariki Zongo of Mpasatia continued that after the meeting and deliberations with such sources, the next step will be for the government to release funds to some respected and renowned financially sound private businessmen and women whose duties will be to ensure that they buy the farm produce of the farmers directly from their farms to ensure ready market as a means to empower more people to enter into farming instead of people always immigrating from the rural areas to the urban cities to struggle for non-existing white color jobs.
Chief Abdulai said if his suggestion is considered for employment generation, the produce from the farms like cassava, maize, beans yams, pepper, tomatoes, rice among others can be used by government for school feeding program at both basic and Senior High Schools respectively while at the same time the volume of food production in the country would be increased to convince government to embark on commercial food export to generate foreign income to support the economy.
He pleaded with the government to treat his message with seriousness to avoid cases where the youth are suffering and struggling on the streets to earn their decent daily bread. “I call on my colleague chiefs in the country to join me in this crusade to fight against the unemployment situation in the country by way of periodically making suggestions and advising government on how to create quick jobs for the youth to enhance a stable economy.”