GAF applicants, made up of mostly unemployed youth are being taken through various stages including screening, body and height check at various centers across the country.
Those gathered at the venues are expected to submit their credentials for documentation and medical screening. Looking at the numbers that turn out indicates a massive rate of unemployment that is suffocating this country.
The long queues started at dawn, on Monday, 19th July 2021. The exercise lasted for several days due to the high numbers that turn be selected.
Dated back from far as 2017, the Ghana Armed Forces have not recruited any individual into the service.
In May this year, the Daily Graphic published an announcement from the Ghana Armed Forces informing the public of the commencement of a recruitment exercise to select various qualified individuals into the Army.
The minister of finance gave financial clearance for about 1000 people to be recruited into the Army as well as other security agencies such as the police service, immigration service, the Ghana fire service and institutions including the ministry of education. Selecting only a 1000 people out of tens of thousands of applicants is bad for this Country.
Various individuals have commented on the issue.
“There are no jobs for the youth, so whatever job is available, they are going for it not because they want to serve the nation in that capacity, but because they are jobless and hungry.”
“That is a very dangerous thing because when you do that, you don’t get quality people to serve the nation in either the police or the military,” Nunoo-Mensah stated.
The trend of unemployment keep increasing.
Ghana is faced with 12% youth unemployment and more than 50% underemployment, both higher than overall unemployment rates in Sub-Saharan African countries. Despite major investments by both government and private sector, this challenge will intensify if job opportunities remain limited. Unemployment needs to be tackled more seriously in Ghana.