Peace attracts jobs; violence scares investors – Veep tells Ga Chiefs


Vice President Paa Kwesi Amissah Arthur has pointed out that the continuous litigation over land only serves to drive away much-needed investors from creating much-needed jobs.

He made the remarks when he joined chiefs in the Ga Traditional Area to mark Homofest, a program organised to climax the celebration of Homowo festival.

The Vice President said “litigation threatens the unity and development we are trying to achieve. Land disputes and the resort to violence to solve them creates uncertainty, insecurity especially with respect to investors, whether they are domestic investor or external investors”.

According to a government website, ghanadistricts.gov.gh, Accra suffers a 12% unemployment rate. Many believe it is much higher enough to be described as a national security threat.

Ghana’s capital city and surrounding towns are a hot spot for conflicts over land disputes, a problem recognized by a former Greater Accra Regional Minister, Sheik I.C. Quaye as the greatest headache of the region apart from armed robbery.

Some places with reported flash points of conflict over lands are Langma which is close to Kasoa,  Tema, Ada, Dodowa and Amasaman and towns such as Weija, Oblongo, Bortianor, Aplaku Oshieye, Domeabra Ablekuma and Teshie .

In his plea to the chiefs, Paa Kwesi Amissah Arthur urged that they could do more to help the youths get jobs if they could come together to address the problem.

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