A Deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Elvis Afriyie-Ankrah has described the Unemployed Graduates Association (UGA) as evil and tagged its members lazy people paid to destroy themselves. He said in abundance of job opportunities, the unemployed graduates loiter about and claim there are no jobs.
According to him, President Atta Mills under his “Better Ghana Agenda” has introduced the Local Enterprise and Skills Development (LESDEP) under the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development to provide opportunities for individuals to own their own businesses no matter the person’s political and ethnic background.
The deputy minister made these observations during the graduation ceremony of beneficiaries of LESDEP in the Eastern region at Koforidua on Friday. He said there are opportunities in mobile phone assembly and repairs, fashion and designing, transport, agro-processing, construction, catering, hairdressing and beauty care, welding, photography and fish farming under the LESDEP programme and one has to go to the office of a metropolitan, municipal and district assembly to register.
“Today, across the world, owners of successful businesses are those who control everything in the economy. Their ideas help unleash the destinies of many employees, customers and even that of governments,” he noted.
He therefore asked the youth, especially those in tertiary schools not to join such ‘devilish’ association and also disabuse their minds that there are jobs for them when they complete school.