President Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has been asked if he wants the immolation of 26-year-old Mohammed Bouazizi replicated in Ghana before heeding to the plight of Ghanaians.
Host of the Smart Show on Smart TV, Blessed Godsbrain Smart, speaking on the programme Monday, May 17, 2021, followed by Ghanasonline.com said the President campaigned on the dangers of youth unemployment on a country, stating the Arab Spring precursor as an example.
Mohamed Bouazizi, a Tunisian street vendor, killed himself in January 2011 after setting himself ablaze in December 2010, where Tunisians took to the streets. Bouazizi had been harassed by police officers who attempted to shut down his business with no recourse, and his suicide by self-immolation galvanized Tunisian protesters. They demonstrated against government corruption and Tunisia’s autocratic president, Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali until his resignation. That incident was the genesis of the Arab Spring which president Akufo-Addo cited on UTV before the 2016 polls, assuring the youth of jobs to prevent a similar incident from happening in Ghana.
But Mr. Smart believes the rate of unemployment in the country is appalling considering the number of graduates churned into the country every year.
“President Akufo-Addo said something before the 2016 election on UTV.
‘In a country where the youth are unemployed, there would be chaos in that country. This caused a youth to set himself ablaze in Tunisia during agitations. How we can create jobs in the country is my utmost priority. That’s why our manifesto says, Change, an Agenda for Jobs’ – A paraphrase of then candidate Akufo-Addo’s remarks on UTV.
“Do you want us to experience the Arab spring before you hear us? Do you want one youth to burn himself before you hear us? Because it happened on another man’s land, you said it but in Ghana, when someone says it, you intimidate them and asked for them to be sacked and/or suspended,” Captain Smart asked.
Reiterating what he said earlier, he noted “the most useless thing in Africa now is First Degree because after obtaining that, you sit home for your mother to feed you. There are no jobs for the youth. Meanwhile, your [leaders] kids are schooling in places where things are set for SHS leavers to attach themselves with industries even before they attend universities. But you provide NABCO for 100,000 graduates and give them GHS700.00 whilst 275,000 graduates come out each year. So if you multiply the number by the five years, how many graduates are at home now?,” he quizzed.
Losing your SIM card for not having the GHS250.00 NIA card
He further scolded the government for the reregistration of SIM cards which requires the Ghana card that costs GHS250.00 for those who don’t have it.
Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, stated at the 5th Ghana CEO summit in Accra yesterday that, government will soon begin a SIM card reregistration exercise expected to commence latest by June and the primary document required for that purpose is the National Identification card.
He warned that anyone who fails to take part in the reregistration of the SIM card with the National Identification card risks losing his or her SIM card.
“…Everybody will have to register their SIM with a National ID number,” he stated.
But speaking on the Smart Show, Captain Smart asked if “Bawumia says we should reregister our SIM card with our Ghana card and this Ghana card is now GHS250.00, how do you [Bawumia] expect the poor to afford the Ghana card to register their SIM cards? Have you forgotten that the monthly salary of some people in this country is GHS300.00? Go to the villages and ask if NIA went there to register people and you’re telling us if they don’t have the Ghana Card to reregister their SIM, they’re going to lose it. Ghana is not just Accra.”