Member of Parliament (MP) for Tain Constituency in the Brong Ahafo Region, Hon Gabriel Osei, has expressed his resolve to as a matter of priority tackle the crisis of youth unemployment during his tenure.
According to him, though the problem of youth unemployment remained deeply challenging target, there was the need for him to tackle it because he is ambitious for the young people development in the constituency.
Hon. Osei gave the promise while interacting with THE REPUBLIC at parliament in Accra on Wednesday this week.
He told the paper that, no nation could achieve meaningful development without giving the youth who are often been described as future leaders the necessary support to build their future.
Employment experts says 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 also argued that unemployment is like a virus that has eaten deep into the social fabrics of the country, therefore causing social disquiet and the harbinger of the spate of crimes.
This, the Tain MP said, more youth-oriented programmes would commence sometime this year and that much attention would be focused on Small and Medium Enterprises(SMEs) and agriculture, which he described as “crucial” to the agenda of the present administration in the country.
Mr Osei also disclosed that the constituency through his office would establish a reliable data base on unemployed youth to assist us in creating a reliable platform for identifying the different categories of youths that are unemployed and areas to engage them.
He assured the people of Tain that government would roll out more programmes that would have direct impact on youths as well as youth in agriculture under the, “Planting for Food and Jobs Programme,” in the constituency to unlock the unemployment situation.
He added that in the interim, some of the youths have been encouraged to venture into cashew production which is currently gaining patronage at the local and the international market.
The MP further told the paper, beside the youth unemployment which remained a heartbeat to him, the health, roads and education sectors would also be given a equal priority for there could not be meaningful development when the people are unable to access quality healthcare and educations with bad roads.
Mr Osei who is a member of Government Assurance as well as Environment, Science and Technology Committees of Parliament revealed that, it was his quest to develop the area that he first took the initiative to broker peace on protracted traditional difference between some traditional rulers in the constituency.
Sounding very passionate for development of the constituency, the young Legislator and a Professional Financial Analyst said he has high confident in the Nana Akufo Addo led New Patriotic Party (NPP) government to deliver,,hence the need for Ghanaians to rally behind the president to bring development
Touching on his one year in office as first time MP, the Tain lawmaker pointed that, coming into parliament was well rehearsed and that he did not found it difficult to follow the rules and procedure of the Legislative House.
The role of MP he said, encompasses many but the focus is making laws and lobbying for development in specific areas within their constituency.
Just like his colleagues Mr Osei also bemoaned about the outrageous demands from MPs by some constituent as against the resources available to the lawmakers.
For him, such demands put the legislators into difficult position where they have to caught out money to satisfy few individuals at the expenses of the largest body of the constituent.
Nonetheless, he said, parliament is an institution where one need to learn from scratch irrespective of one profession, stating, “parliamentary work is all about following the rules and procedures just like other institution.”
“Before coming to parliament, I did made some studies as to the role and what really is the work of MP so I did not view parliament work difficult as I was in my private life, I learn ahead of my coming and I think it has help me,” he added.
Asked if there was any lesson to be learn on December 2016 election as new Legislator, Mr Osei said, personally he is one of those who understood politics and therefore did not contemplate of any shock of defeat or victory for every competition there should be a winner and a loser.
However, he did not underestimate any political challenges and has work till the eve of the December 7, election to ensure total victory against his opponent where he won with a margin of 41 votes cast.
He therefore reiterated his commitment and determination to lobby for more development projects but sought for continue support from his constituent
To deliver his promises to them, emphasing, ” I am a man who do not promise and failed.”
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/ Felix Engsalige Nyaaba