The Coalition of Unemployed Agricultural Colleges’ Graduates will on the August 2, 2017 pickets to present their petition to the Ministry of food and Agricultural following the unemployment crisis in the sector.
The coalition in a press release signed by their president Mr Asafo Boakye, stated that the leadership of the coalition have petitioned the Minister of Food and Agriculture earlier and several follow-ups to have a dialogue with the minister in order to reach solutions to the unemployment crisis in the Agricultural sector but to no avail.
He further informed all unemployed Extension Officers, Veterinary technicians, Extension Officers under COCOBOD, Extension Officers under MOFA, all staff of General Agriculture workers’ Union (GAWU), all peasant Farmers Association Ghana as well as Agricultural Entrepreneurs of Ghana to come and support their press conference dated on August 2, 2017 at TUC conference room which will then be followed by picketing on the same date to the Ministry of food and Agriculture.
Speaking in an interview with Focus FM’s Alfred Kesse, the president of the coalition, Mr Asafo Boakye indicated that the agenda for the press conference as well as the picketing is to present to the government and the general public the unemployment crisis of the Agricultural colleges’ graduates.
Mr Asafo continued to say that the coalition will then urge the government to fully implement the planting for food and jobs policy through the use of Extension Officers to help educate the farmers basically on the application of fertilizers and other measures to help the farmers acquire knowledge as well as planting for food and jobs are concerned.
He also demands from the government financial clearance for immediate recruitment of over 3200 unemployed Agricultural Extension Officers.
Reacting to a statement made by the Minister of Food and Agriculture, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto early this year that ‘’over 1,200 unemployed graduates from the five Agricultural Colleges have been employed and are undergoing training and orientation in all the regions to be dispatched to the various districts for the work to start,” the president has challenged the ministry and the government to provide the names of the 1200 graduates the ministry has insisted of recruiting in the Agricultural sector because from their several researches conducted by the coalition discloses that the statement was false and untrue.
‘’Since 2010 none of graduates from all the five Agricultural Colleges in Ghana have been employed by the ministry of Food and Agricultural meanwhile we are also ready to serve our nation,’’ he indicated.
Read the full statement below:
Collation of Unemployed Agricultural Colleges’ Graduates Notification for Press Conference.
We the leadership of the above mentioned coalition having petitioned the minister of Food and Agriculture and several follow-ups to have a dialogue with the minister in order to reach solutions to the unemployment crisis in the sector but to no avail, wish to inform all unemployed Veterinary Technicians, unemployed Agricultural Extension Officers under COCOBOD, unemployed Agricultural Extension Officers, Extension Officers under MOFA, all staff of General Agriculture workers Union(GAWU), all peasant Farmers Association Ghana as well as Agricultural Entrepreneurs of Ghana to come and support our press conference dated on 2nd August,2017 at the TUC conference room which will be followed by picketing on the same date at the ministry of Food and Agriculture through to 4TH Auguist ,2017.
The agenda for this press conference is to present to the government the following:1. The unemployment crisis of the Agricultural Colleges’ graduates.2. To ask government to implement fully the planting for Food and jobs policy through the use of extension officers.3. To demand from government financial clearance for immediate recruitment of over 3600 unemployed Agricultural Extension Officers……….thank you.
Signed: Mr Kwame Asafo Boakye (president).
Source: Kesse Alfred/Focusfmonline.com