Hon. Emmanuel Kwesi Bedzra, Member of Parliament for Ho West Constituency in the Volta Region, has promised that his administration will continue to tackle the problem of youth unemployment bedevilling the constituency.
According to him, though the problem of youth unemployment remained a deeply challenging target, there was the need for him to tackle it because he is ambitious for the young people’s development in the Ho West constituency.
Hon. Bedzra made the promise while interacting with The Republic at parliament in Accra over the weekend.
He told the paper that, no nation can achieve any meaningful development without giving the youth the necessary support to build their future as they are often described as future leaders.
Employment experts say Ghana’s non-graduates still struggle with the transition between education and the workplace, partly because of poor careers provision in schools, and partly because too few employers offer work experience or apprenticeships.
Some others also said unemployment is like a virus that has eaten deep into the social fabric of this nation. It causes social disquiet and is the harbinger of the spate of crimes, kidnapping, perennial youth unrest and the acutely unstable socio-economic structure that has bedevilled Ghana.
The Ho West MP said he is focusing on career guidance and counselling to the youth in his constituency to be able to unlock the unemployment situation, stressing that some youths have been put on training and apprenticeship.
He revealed that about 200 of both male and female have been assisted in that regard, noting that 10 young girls in the area have been provided with sewing machines, over 100 students/pupils granted scholarship under the MPs Common Fund, while a periodic quiz programme for pupils in the Basic Education level is held for them.
In addition to that, he said through the MP’s office, over 30 tertiary students from the constituency return home to offer free extra classes for students/pupil in basic schools, while those in health profession as nurses also offer free health screening to the residents in the over 200 communities in the constituency.
All these, Hon.Bedzra explained, are to make the youth responsible and to contribute to the development of the communities as a way of paying back to the people what they benefitted so others too could gain same.
Youth unemployment, he said, is the biggest problem in the country and promised to help through the MPs common fund to minimise the problem in his constituency.
He stressed the need for government to productively engage the unemployed youth in order to stop them from engaging in violence and other anti-social activities as a result of their being idle.
On education in general, Mr. Bedzra said, over 10 senior high schools and technical/vocational schools in the constituency have received different kinds of assistance, including provision and supply of buses, furniture, laptops and other educational materials.
The MP stressed the need for students to be focused and study hard because there is no short-cut to success.
He added that students must study courses that will give them employable skills for jobs in order to be economically independent.
While promising to continue in the effort to improve high-quality education in the constituency, Mr. Bedzra reassured the effort to put up a number of educational facilities in most of the deprived communities to enable pupils to have conducive and safe environment for teaching and learning.
He also lamented the issue of inadequate supply of clean and potable water to the citizens of Ho West, especially during the dry season which continued to be a worrisome development to the people in recent time.
“One issue that we face most is access to potable water, especially during the dry season. Residents travel several kilometers to fetch water. Sometimes residents can live for weeks without water from their taps and have to roam to some streams in search of water,” he stated.
The existing wells that the residents depend on for years have dried up, while the few residents who could afford mechanised boreholes are those who could save their neighbours around to get water that has become the most sought after during dry season.
He again promised to find a lasting solution, but it will go with cost to search for investors and also intensify lobby with the government.
The former chairman of the Business Assurance Committee of Parliament also wants government to continue with projects commenced by the previous National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration, especially roads and health projects in the constituency.
He mentioned the Bameto-to-Dzolukpuita road, which links the constituency to other adjoining towns and neighbouring Francohone Togo, as the most important road which must be of priority to the government to continue.
The Ho West MP said there are other health facilities which need the government’s urgent attention to enable the people of Ho West access to healthcare and promised to continually knock at the doors of the government for the projects.
He wants government to continue and finish the projects in time, especially feeder roads in the constituency, to enable farms and other commuters.
As part of the effort to stamp out poverty in the constituency, Hon. Bedzra said, he has assisted women with skill-training enterprises so they could earn a decent living, while effort is being made to obtain soft loans from a few financial institutions and the MASLOC under the government.
The Ho West constituency has over 200 communities with 25 electoral areas. It is bordered by about seven constituencies, including Ho Central, South Dayi, Adaklu, Agotime-Ziope, Central Tongu, Afiadjato South, Asogyemang and Togo, Ghana’s eastern neighbour.
Nonetheless, Hon. Bedzra urged the constituents to remain peaceful to each other but hopeful, as the task of pushing for development involved peace and cooperation, promising he will never let them down.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/ Felix Engsalige Nyaaba