In an exclusive interview on Joy News which was highly monitored by THE PUNCH GHANA, the statement made by Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Mr. Ignatius Baffour-Awuah was the theme of the discussion.

Mr. Amponsah-Tawiah opined that the only way Ghana as a country can reduce this crisis is through Research and Development (R&D).

Countries such as the United States, China, Japan, United Kingdom and other western countries prioritize R&D because it helps its companies adapt to change and become extremely resilient in their daily operations.

What the professor talked about is very important because the 3 million jobs the Minister talked about is just a number they manufactured out of nowhere because the effects of the pandemic coupled with the number of people who were unemployed before that as well as the number of graduates who are doing National Service means more people in the not-so-distant future will add up to the unemployment crisis.

He further added that “Organizations must be more creative and must take advantage of the opportunities which has emanated from COVID-19”.

Many people will ask questions about the positive effects of the pandemic because they are just negative.

COVID-19 has provided numerous opportunities like never before as several people are stuck home, work is now conducted via the internet and many companies need people to do all kinds of tasks for them which includes market research among others which come with handsome rewards.

He further urged organizations both public and private to train employees to be creative and innovative in their work. More importantly, “organizations must be able to adapt to change in order to become resilient when unforeseen circumstances like COVID-19 come their way”, he added.

Minister of Employment and Labour Relations Mr. Baffour-Awuah should come again because there are no 3 million jobs that have been created. Such statistic is plainly untrue.


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