Founding President Steven Blessing Ackah of Transform Ghana Peace Project, a Youth Think Tank Organisation that focuses on youth education and training, a youth-centred early warning support system, and mediation on sustainable peace, security and development, has asked Hon. Ignatius Baffour Awuah, Minister-Designate for Employment and Labour to take up the mantle of youth employment in Ghana. The young founder stated, “How would you feel as a leader, when you woke up one early morning and realised the youth had taken the law into their hands to demonstrate on their related issues, break down properties and cause mayhem?”.

He explained that the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies and decent work and growth are key priorities of the Sustainable Development Goals that Ghana needs to attain by 2030. And efforts made towards these goals will determine the ability to secure a livelihood for youth wanting to complete the transition from the dependence of childhood to the independence of adulthood.

Mr. Ackah said he hoped the incoming Minister will provide solutions to some of the youth-related issues through increasing the employability of graduates, promoting entrepreneurship and the private supply of jobs to curb unemployment.

“I believe the Minister-Designate together with his team, will develop employment programmes to empower and enhance capacity of small and medium enterprise”. He added, the ministry should lead employment opportunities and be empowered to strengthen the evaluation of employment programmes throughout the cycle of programme design, implementation and evaluation.

He urged Hon. Baffour Awuah to collaborate effectively with Hon. Dr. Anthony Osei Akoto the Minister-Designate for Monitoring and Evaluation at the Presidency, as successful factories to be built by President Akufo Addo will lie at the core of monitoring systems.

Mr. Steven Blessing Ackah, the founding president of Transform Ghana Peace Project, called on the government to adequately support the incoming Minister Hon. Baffour Awuah in order to create and establish:

  • Youth employment programmes that can offer immediate opportunities, inclusiveness, and alternative to violence;
  • Youth employment programmes that can aid to address grievances that are the root causes of unemployment and other youth related issues;
  • The need to establish systems that would look at critical dimensions of employment crises and bridge the information gap; and
  • Youth employment programmes that can create a platform for youth and policymakers to plan and respond quickly to youth issues.

He further explained many young Ghanaians are unsure about their future in the working world. They know they want to be on their own, they want to earn their own money and live as adults, but when it comes to what they want to “be,” they are confused and uncertain because the primary vehicle for job creation is very low and poor in Ghana.

Moving forward, “I expect a policy statement highlighting the specific roles of government  to local tycoon business owners like Mr. Osei Kwame Despite, Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, Mr. Ernest Ofori Sarppong, Engineer Kwadwo Sarfo Kantanka, Mr. Amoabeng, Mr. Joseph Agyapong, Mr. Kwabena Duffour, Mr. Kwame Kyei Baffour and others to contribute to youth employment creation in various districts”.

Steven Ackah

Steven Ackah


Hon. Ignatius Baffour Awuah, is an experienced Banker/ Economist, the Minister-Designate for employment and Labour Relations

Past Committees: Committee of selection, Environment,Science and Technology. Finance committee and local Government and Rural Development

SOURCE: Transform Ghana Peace Project Team