The Information Minister says the recent reports coming out of Libya places an enormous task on the Akufo-Addo government to better the lives of Ghanaians.
Mustapha Hamid says as a government operative, the development tells of “the responsibility upon us as a government to do something for Ghanaians and to restore hope for the young people.”
Speaking at a Migration Forum organized by JOYNEWS and DW TV on the University of Ghana campus in Accra, he said it makes the current administration appreciate the work at hand and not see it as a “joke.”
Mr Hamid said restoring the hope of the youth of the country becomes an enormous task which makes them see governance as a “huge challenge that places the destiny of many people in your hands”.
Even though that prospect is “quite frightening” he is optimistic to take on the challenge to be part of a government that changes the destiny of many.
Footage released by CNN from Libya showed hundreds of young men from sub-Saharan Africa being auctioned as farm workers.
The North African country has for years been the gateway for Africans who are trying to get to Europe by sea.
Migration experts have estimated that more than 150,000 people have crossed it within the last three years.
But the crisis has created a situation where some African migrants are reportedly sold by their raiders in open slave markets.
Regarding what the government is doing to change the narrative after flying home over 100 Ghanaians migrants, the Information Minister suggested two levels to address the issue.
“…as a society, we have not been able to create the kind of mindset in our young people especially, that makes them believe in themselves and country,” he said.
Mr Hamid says that has been Ghana’s fundamental failure which motivates the youth to move through dangerous paths outside the country.
“All of us as a country from whatever period to now have not been able to create especially with our education system.
“We’ve had an education system that every now and then drops 200,000 or 300,000 people in the transition process every year either from primary school to Junior High School (JHS) or from JHS to Senior High School (SHS) or from the SHS to the university,” he said.
He said leaving these people on the streets without the requisite skills motivates them to leave the country for greener pastures.