Unemployment Ghana’s Major Problem -IEA Survey Reveals


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The IEA unemployment survey reveals that majority of people living in the Western, Eastern and Central regions, have identified unemployment as their biggest problem in Ghana today.

Unemployment is the major problem faced by most Ghanaians nowadays, according to a survey conducted by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA). The IEA unemployment survey reveals that majority of people living in the Western, Eastern and Central regions, have identified unemployment as their biggest problem.

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In the survey, about 1500 respondents across the country were sampled. They were required to answer the question:

 “In your opinion, what is the most important problem confronting the nation?”

Reports from the research revealed that “more than a quarter of the respondents, indicated that unemployment is the most important problem confronting the nation”.

In addition, more females than males identified unemployment as Ghana’s major problem, with 26.7% against 24.4%. Other issues like poor power supply as well as poverty, were also identified as serious problems faced by Ghanaians of today.

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Ghanaians are hoping that government does something about the unemployment situation which now discourages young ones to become educated. As the 2016 elections draw closer by the day, contending political parties have made many promises to Ghanaians, including averting unemployment in the society. Parties including the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), New Patriotic Party (NPP), and Progressive People’s party (PPP) have promised to make jobs available for Ghanaians.

It could be recalled that the NPP promised to provide one factory for each district when elected into power, to make available more job opportunities for the youth. The one factory per district had stirred up a little controversy as the PPP alleged that the NPP stole the idea from them.

From the look of things, it doesn’t matter where the solution comes from. Ghanaians are really hoping that after the 2016 elections, there will be a positive change in the unemployment situation.