Justin Koduah Frimpong who is the incumbent CEO of the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) has admitted that the government has more to do in dealing with the rising levels of unemployment among the country’s youth.
He says the thousands of youth who showed up at the YEA job fair is proof that the lack of employment opportunities for graduates is a huge hurdle both the agency and the government must immediately cross and find a lasting solution to.
Speaking on Eyewitness News, Mr. Frimpong indicated that, he was saddened by the turnout and is prepared to liaise with other stakeholders to put the agency on its toes as a means of dealing with Ghana’s unemployment situation going forward.
“At a point, I felt sad. To be honest, looking at the number of youths who are mostly graduates who were there and the level of desperation that set in, then I really realized that, as an agency and as a country, we need to do more, although it is understandable that we are a developing country and year after year, a number of the youths want to join the labour market, which is why we are having this challenge. ”
“But my team and I realized that it is good that we have started this job fair to partly deal with the issue of unemployment in this country. We will go back to the office to see how we can also scale up.”