Mr Ignatius Baffour Awuah – Minister of Employment and Labour Relations
The entire unemployment charge in Ghana has lowered by some 3.5 share factors regardless of the devastating results of COVID-19 on the job sector and the financial system at massive.
This got here to the fore when the sector minister, Mr Ignatius Baffuor Awuah took his flip on the periodic “Meet the Press” collection organised by the Ministry of Info on Wednesday, September 16, 2020.
In keeping with the report of the seventh Spherical of the Ghana Dwelling Normal Survey (GLSS7, 2019), the entire unemployment charge for Ghana is 8.4% as in comparison with the unemployment charge of 11.9% reported within the GLSS6, 2015-a discount of three.5% factors. This charge is increased amongst females (9.2%) than males (7.5%). By way of areas, Higher Accra recorded the best unemployment charge of 11.8% adopted by Ashanti (10.3%).
The Volta Area recorded the bottom unemployment charge of 5.8 % adopted by the then Brong-Ahafo (6.0%).
The youth unemployment charge has additionally declined from 16.9 % as reported within the GLSS6, 2015 to 12.6 % as reported within the GLSS7, 2019.
In keeping with the minister, through the early phases of the COVID-19 pandemic, his outfit noticed that low wage and unskilled employees have been essentially the most weak.
Additional evaluation additionally confirmed that office transmissions have been changing into rampant, due to this fact with the intention to curtail the unfold of the virus at workplaces, the Ministry in collaboration with the Nationwide Tripartite Committee issued a 10-Level Communique on Office Security.
The aim was to consolidate World Well being Group (WHO) and Ghana Well being Service (GHS) Preventive Protocols in addition to improve routine inspections by the Labour Division and the Division of Factories Inspectorate which has largely been profitable.
The Ministry launched into a nationwide random inspection of places of work, outlets and factories.
“I personally led a crew to examine randomly chosen workplaces to determine for myself the extent of compliance with COVID-19 protocols. Among the establishments visited throughout the Higher Accra, Tema, Nsawam and its environs have been within the manufacturing, service, retail and recycling sub-sectors. This was to make sure strict compliance with and enforcement of the COVID-19 protocols and tips outlined by authorities.“
“I’m joyful to report that 80% of the institutions inspected have been complying with the rules prescribed by authorities and the World Well being Group. I want to entreat all employers and employees to proceed to stick to the prescribed protocols to make sure security on the office,” the minister stated.
On employment promotion, Mr Baffuor Awuah disclosed that, since January 2017, his Ministry has continued in step with its mandate to enhance the capacities on the Nationwide and Sub-national ranges for the promotion of respectable job alternatives.
The Ministry can be collaborating with the European Union Delegation in Ghana to enhance capability of the Labour Division and its Public Employment Centres (PECs), he added.
He stated consequently eight PECs in strategic areas have been renovated and revamped to allow them present lively labour market companies, together with job matching and profession steering to job seekers.
These facilities, he stated embrace Accra, Tema, Cape Coast, Takoradi, Tarkwa, Sunyani, Tamale and the Employment Info Department (EIB) of the Labour Division (LD).
Other than the routine lively labour market capabilities of the PECs, the primary function of the renovations and different capability constructing interventions is to allow these facilities and sections of the Labour Division accumulate and disserminate labour market data in a well timed method to fulfill the total operationalization of the Ghana Labour Market Info System (GLMIS) aims.
“Once more, in step with the Ministry’s Employment Promotion Agenda, a Ghanaian-German Job Centre has been established in Accra by the Ministry in collaboration with the German Worldwide Improvement Company (GIZ).”
The aim of the centre, the Minister stated was to implement lively labour market interventions that might improve the supply of respectable employment alternatives for job seekers, notably, younger individuals who’ve the intention of migrating outdoors Ghana by unapproved routes.
Since its inception in 2017 up to now, the Minister stated 65,277 individuals have accessed companies of the centre.
Out of the quantity, 28,901 accessed labour market data/profession steering/teaching companies.
4,243 acquired start-up and enterprise improvement companies to allow them set up their very own companies.
2,527 have been additionally posted to corporations as interns. A complete of two,606 have been positioned in obtainable job vacancies.
614 returning migrants additionally acquired psycho-social and reintegration assist,” the minister talked about.