The Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference has called on government to treat the growing menace of joblessness among the youth as a national emergency.
The Bishops in a communique signed by the president, Most Rev. Philip Naameh issued at the end of their 2019 plenary assembly held in Elmina in the Cape Coast Archdiocese this week, said though government is worth commending on initiatives to provide jobs for the youth in the country, it is expedient that together with other stakeholders, government addresses what it describes as a national security threat immediately.
’’We would like to commend the many initiatives of successive Governments and the current Government, to address the problem of youth unemployment. In spite of these efforts, there is a steep rise in unemployment. This situation is a veritable national security threat which has to be addressed immediately and urgently with a well-articulated programme,’’
’’We urge all stakeholders, the Government, Private Sector, Political Parties, Faith Based Organisations and Civil Society Organisations to treat the growing menace of joblessness among our youth as a national emergency and come up with practical and innovative solutions to relieve our young citizens of the lingering stress of persistent unemployment,’’ the Bishops said.
The prelates have also encouraged the youth to adapt to the growing change in the world and also become innovative to create jobs for themselves and also explore available opportunities.
’’At the same time, we urge our youth to note the changing times, to be more creative and to explore the available opportunities to establish their own businesses to be self employed,’’ the Bishops added.
The Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference held their Annual Plenary Assembly in the Archdiocese of Cape Coast, at the Hospitaller Retreat Centre in Elmina in the Central Region of Ghana from November 8 to 15, 2019 under the theme: “Baptized and Sent: Living our Mission in Ghana Today”.
The theme of the assembly, was inspired by the universal call of Pope Francis to the Church to make a renewed commitment to mission as the Church marks the Centenary of the Apostolic Letter “Maximum Illud” (The Great Charge) of Pope Benedict XV issued on 30th November, 1919. As part of this missionary renewal, the Church in Ghana has just concluded the celebration of the “Extraordinary Missionary Month” in October 2019 as was declared by Pope Francis.