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Obuasi: Angry youth demonstrate over unemployment

Unemployed youth besieged the streets of Obuasi in the Ashanti Region to protest continued joblessness as they demand immediate intervention from the government.

The demonstration aims to put pressure on the government of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to do more to help young people find work and lower living costs in the nation.

Some of the unemployed teenagers who protested stated they have been finding it difficult to make ends meet ever since finishing their tertiary studies.

The outraged youngsters from mining areas, marched through Obuasi’s main streets while carrying red armbands, yelled: “We are hungry and demand work.”

Emmanuel Kofi Ayamga, the protest’s leader, said that Anglo Gold Ashanti, a mining firm, barred them from engaging in community mining.

He said that even though the mining firm is nearby, they are not employed by it.

But the youngsters didn’t just send a petition to Anglo Gold Ashanti asking them to hire them; they also asked the local Municipal and District Chief Executives to get involved.

They also sought access to abandoned property in Keaneduakrom so they could mine for rocks.

The rate of young unemployment in Ghana is now 1,140,009.

According to Andrew Ameckson, a Chief Accountant at the Ministry of Finance, Ghana’s youth unemployment rate was 19.7 percent, or about 1,140,009.

Speaking at a lengthy public engagement on the YouStart Programme, he said that it was estimated that the initiative will generate 1 million employment, of which 800,000 would directly benefit young people in Ghana.

He continued by saying that the YouStart program was a national initiative and that qualified candidates would be given the chance and assistance they needed to make their fair share of contributions to the nation’s growth.

He provided some statistics on the country’s young population, stating that there were 11.7 million of them in Ghana between the ages of 15 and 35, and that their unemployment rate was 19.7%, or 1,140,009. Female unemployment was expected to be 22.3 %, totaling 605,451, while male unemployment was estimated to be 17.4 %, totaling 534,558.

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