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Africa needs 15m jobs by 2025 – Group

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MORE than 15 million decent jobs must be created for Africa by 2025 if governments are serious about making a dent in its unemployment crisis.

According to a new charter launched today by The People’s Charter on Jobs in Africa, as part of its new #JobsNowAfrica Campaign, the coalition is intensifying its interactive tool designed to outline the scale of the urgent crisis where the public is encouraged to a petition to urge governments and non-state partners to prioritise this pressing issue.

Throwing more light on hashtag, Executive Director for Africa at the ONE Campaign, Edwin Ikhuoria explained that with Africa’s population expected to double and reach 2.5 billion people by 2050, Africa’s jobless youth risks casting a shadow over its economic growth.

“The African continent is facing an unprecedented unemployment crisis that has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. We cannot afford to keep turning a blind eye to this pressing issue that has fueled the rising instability and insecurity across the region. Many of our youth are discouraged and slowly losing their spark and excitement for the future, and it’s shameful that not more is done to support them. Too much is at stake for us to continue with the current business-as-usual approach. Job creation must not be an afterthought but rather, tackled alongside other priorities such as pandemic recovery, healthcare and education,” he said.

It will be recalled that recent figures from the African Development Bank Group show that while 10 to 12 million youth enter the workforce each year, only 3 million formal jobs are created, leaving more than half of the new entrants into the labour market unemployed.

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