NUGS Statement On AU Day

African Governments Must be Committed to Job Creation Now! Exactly forty-eight (48) years ago on May, 25 1963 the Organization of African Unity (OAU) now African Union (AU) was established in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to lead the emancipation fight which is now lost on our new African Governments. The National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) looks into our past with optimism that in the face of decaying economies in the pre and post independence era in the life of our continent, we as a people of Africa never waiver in our attempt to move on. Yes we have moved on as a continent and the students of Ghana dully recognized this with some level of confidence. Today, Africa is recognized internationally as a continent with a burgeoning economic growth. However, the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) wants to remark that, in the midst of the steady growth of Africa’s economy, the issue of Youth Joblessness is fast swallowing us as a people. From Accra to Bamako, Cape Town to Mogadishu mass of the youth are growing unemployed due largely to misplaced national policies that have been hostile to local initiatives. The incident of the youth who set himself ablaze resulting in the People’s Revolution in Tunisia is a case in point. Here in Ghana, the issue of Graduate Joblessness will soon explode in the face of the Professor Mills-led-Government that is growing insensitive to the plights of the good people of this country. NUGS is surprise that, instead of delivering the PUBLIC GOODS to the people as promised, Government functionaries of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) have rather resorted to blaming innocent persons and institutions for their incapabilities. This sordid situation of Government Official-blame-game is becoming the norm in our continent. The National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) is glad that the theme for this year’s African Union Celebration is: Boosting Intra-Africa Trade. We must sound the clarion call that, our individual smaller countries cannot remain in isolation and champion an export-oriented economy when there is a readily available market for goods produced in this continent. We must industrialize our economies and our national Governments must pull down barriers to intra-Africa trade in this continent without failing. As the continent marks the birth of the African Union (AU) today, the Students of Ghana wants to wish all Africans a blissful celebration and it is our fervent hope that this day will invigorate and remind us to go after the things that hold us as a people together instead of chasing after the wind which has been the norm of our national Governments. LONG LIVE NUGS LONG LIVE GHANA LIVE AFRICA UNION (AU) LONG LIVE AFRICA Thank you. Signed: Released on Friday, 25 May, 2012