On the occasion of the 2023 International Youth Day, John Mahama, the flag bearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), reiterated his commitment to equipping Ghana’s youth with the necessary skills and knowledge for a sustainable future.
He pledged to introduce a 24-hour economy and provide incentives for manufacturers to run extra shifts, thereby creating more employment opportunities.
In a statement, Mahama highlighted the significance of Ghana’s youth as agents of positive change and innovation. He acknowledged the challenges faced by the youth, including rising unemployment and increased cost of living, which have left many feeling disillusioned and questioning their sense of patriotism.
Mahama and the NDC expressed their dedication to addressing these challenges by empowering the youth and creating opportunities for skill development.
They intend to establish a 24-hour economy that encourages manufacturers to operate additional shifts, leading to increased employment.
They also plan to alleviate the burden of taxes on Ghanaian businesses and investors, which has impacted the country’s attractiveness as an investment destination.
Additionally, the NDC aims to harness the potential of agriculture and agribusiness, along with providing essential social and IT infrastructure to stimulate economic growth.
Mahama emphasized that their policy priorities are centered on imparting “knowledge, abilities, values, and attitudes needed to live in, develop, and support a sustainable and resource-efficient society.” He referred to these as critical “Green Skills” that the youth require to advance a sustainable world.
In closing, Mahama expressed his belief in building a better Ghana by working together and ensuring a brighter future for the nation’s youth.
Happy International Youth Day.