The President of coalition of unemployed graduates from the five(5) Agric Colleges across the country, Mr. Atoafo Boakye Kwame said, they are highly disappointed in the government for not fulfilling its promise of employing graduates from the Agric Colleges who have been in the house since 2010.
“We the graduates from the Agric colleges across the country have decided to expressed our great disappointment in the government for not fulfilling the employment of 1200 Agric graduates to pilot the phase implementation of the ‘Planting for Food and Job’ policy,” he lamented.
The Agriculture Education Colleges in the country include the Animal Health and Production College, Damango Agric College, Ejura Agric Colleg, Ohawu Agric Colleg and Kwadaso Agric College.
According to the president, the coalition has petitioned the Minister of Food and Agriculture, Hon.Owusu Afriyie earlier and several follow ups to have dialogue with him to reach solutions to the unemployment crisis in the agricultural sector but to no avail.
“We have written several letters to the minister of Agric to meet him on the development so that we see how best we can solve the problems confronting the agricultural students in terms of extension services, but to no avail,” he added.
Speaking in an interview with Captain Adabugar on the morning show about the development, the president said “we are going to have a press conference and picketing to present to the government and the public, the unemployment crisis of the agricultural college graduates.”
Mr. Atoafo continued to say that the coalition will urge the government to fully carry out the planting for food and jobs programme through the use of extension officers to help educate farmers basically on the application of fertilizers and other measures to help farmers acquire knowledge on planting.
Reacting to a statement made by the Minister for Food and Agriculture early this year that, “over 1200 unemployed graduates from the five agricultural colleges have been employed and were undergoing training and orientation in all the regions to be dispatched to the various districts”, the president has challenged the ministry and government to provide names of the 1200 graduates the ministry has insisted to had recruited in the agricultural sector.
Source: prince Paul Amuzu/ritefmonline.org