‘Laying off workers not solution’

Labour expert, Yiadom Boakye Amponsah, has condemned government’s decision to cut down jobs and lay-off workers in the public sector, saying it is not the way forward.

According to him, government should rather employ scientific measures to carry out and fix problems and challenges faced by the sector.

Mr. Yiadom said this on Class FM’s morning show in Accra yesterday after senior Minster, Yaw Osafo-Maafo, had earlier stated that “the public sector was full and government may even have to lay off some of its workers” at the Ghana economic Forum held in Accra on Monday, 7 August, 2017.

But Mr. Boakye said laying off workers was not an efficient way of looking at it.

“If the workers are many, you will need to adopt a scientific approach to the issue and know whether you are matching the skills of those workers to the jobs available”, he added.

Mr Yiadom continued said,  some people may be having degrees in agriculture and be working in a sector that has nothing to do with agriculture, whereas such people are needed to fix in other Agric-related positions to work and so the government should do such matching skills.

He mentioned that the government at the moment is able to employ only 600,000 workers, a figure way below the working population of the country.

For this reason, he said, graduates and other potential workers must turn their attention to the private sector which employs more than the public sector.

He added that much attention should be focused on expanding the private sector to employ more of these workers, job seekers and fresh graduates so as to put a stop to unemployment in the country.


Story: Mizpah Etornam Mensavie-Ayivor

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