Minority in Parliament is demanding a detailed breakdown of the over 3 million jobs government claimed it has created under the Akufo-Addo administration in its first term in office.
Their demands follow a disclosure made by the Minister-designate for Employment and Labour Relations, Ignatius Baffour-Awuah that government as of September 2020 had created a total of 3 million jobs for Ghanaians.
Mr Baffour-Awuah who was responding to a question during his vetting indicated that the jobs created comprise both public and private sectors of the economy.
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“On the number of jobs, yes it is true on 1st May 2018 I indicated that the government of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo had created approximately 1 million jobs, even though I don’t have the exact figures for the end of 2020, the last time we reported on was in September 2020, and the figure was around 3 million jobs,” Baffour-Awuah told the Appointments Committee of Parliament.
But in a sharp rebuttal, the Minority Leader who doubles as the ranking Member on the Appointments Committee, Haruna Iddrisu demanded a breakdown of the said jobs created by the Akufo-Addo government.
“Minister-nominee can you state how was the 3 million jobs created and the distribution, you want to share the statistics with us, sector by sector,” Haruna Iddrisu quizzed.
In response to Haruna’s demands, the minister-designate promised: “Hon. Chair, I will make the details available to the committee when I get back to, I have on a number of occasions even come to this House and have given this figures out already but if it is at the pleasure of the committee to have the details, I am more than willing to do so”.
Haruna then asked, “and Chairman another clarification, this 3 million jobs, public sector or public sector or a combination of the two” asked. Baffour-Awuah responded “combination of all”.
Samson Ahi demanded clarity on the jobs created by the Akufo-Addo’s government after he alleged that Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia on August 13, 2020 said that government has created 2 million jobs contrary to the 3 million jobs stated by the Minister-designate for Employment and Labour Relations.
But Baffour-Awuah stated that he is unaware of the said figures channeled out by the Vice President as claimed by Samson Ahi.
“I don’t know and I am not aware of what you’re talking of but I have officially turn out the 3 million jobs and I will be prepared to defend the 3 million at any point in time that I get the opportunity,” Baffour-Awuah stressed.
Mr Iddrisu subsequently demanded that the minister-designate for Employment and Labour Relations furnish the House with details of the jobs created within the public and private sectors during the president’s first term in office.
Baffour-Awuah later assured the committee to furnish them with the details by the close of Wednesday.
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