The public sector is not full, the government can employ 100,000 more people – Mahama

Former President Mahama has rubbished an earlier claim made by Finance Minister Ken Ofori Atta that the public was full and could not employ anymore.

According to Mr Mahama, key sectors like education, health need close to 100,000 more people to fill the gaps thus it was not factual that the public sector was full.

Speaking at the Thank Ghana Address last night, Mahama said the government must not block the access of the citizenry from entering the public sector.

“I disagree with the position that the public sector is full and has no room for more people. The Ghana Education Service and the Ghana Health Service have a huge resource gap for over 90,000 people.  The Ghana Prisons Service requires an additional 8,000 personnel currently. They require more human resources,” he said.

“We can employ more if we keep the frivolous expenditure down and get rid of corruption. If we do this, we should be able to get more people into the public sector and not those dubious job creation schemes,” he insisted.

Mahama also slammed the Akufo-Addo government for closing down some financial firms in the country. He said a number of the youth would have been gainfully employed if such companies were still in existence.

“Unemployment has become a national security crisis… There is an explosion in unemployment.”

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