Young people come to work at 10 a.m., pretend to be sick and close at 1 p.m. – Sammi Awuku

Sammi Awuku is the Chief Executive of the National Lottery Authority

National Lotteries Authority (NLA) chief executive Sammi Awuku has raised questions against the work ethic of some young people who he says are “lucky” to get a job.

He said some of these young people show up to work late and leave the office before closing time.

Mr. Awuku said this attitude is discouraging.

“Again the attitude of our people, you have young people who are lucky enough to have a job and their attitude towards work can be daunting.

“You get the job and the person comes to work at 10, gives you a format, I’m not doing too well, then leaves. It continues and when there’s a layoff, would you take that one-year-old person fifties who comes to work from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or the young man who comes at 10 a.m. or 9 a.m. and leaves at 4 p.m. so for us, as young people, let us take up the challenge,” he said during the program New Day on TV3.

The National Organizer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) further indicated that the Akufo-Addo administration is trying to give young people a better future by introducing job creation initiatives.

“What I saw in 2026 is different from what I see now in 2022. In 2016, young people felt sorry, they felt disoriented, they felt discouraged, and they felt disenchanted. Today, what I see is that they see that some of their colleagues have found a job, they pray and push for that to happen to them.

“Even though Nana Addo and her administration have not provided jobs for all young Ghanaians, no one can also tell me that they don’t know a person who was not employed under this administration.

“So you can point to one person, which means we’ve made progress, but because of the backlog, if you had four hundred thousand people entering the workforce every year, calculate that from 2017 to even 2021. The five years give 2 million young people 2 million young people to assimilate them will not be easy.

“If you go elsewhere, the government has even guaranteed a loan for young people, if you go to India it’s the same when you want to start an entrepreneurship. What the Akufo-Addo administration started with 1D1F, we will begin to see results after three or four years.

“Why because at that time you will have a whole value chain of these entities, factories that will also help to curb the rural exodus.”

Maria D. Ervin