Ashaiman- Ghanaian unemployed youths have been advised to look for alternatives instead of complaining and putting their hopes in securing non existing formal jobs.
Ghana has a high rate of youth unemployment especially among graduates from tertiary institutions, a situation some security experts have described as a potential security threat to the country.
Some women involved in the collection of used sachet water told the Ghana News Agency that it was not true that there were no jobs in the country but rather the unemployed youth preferred working in air-conditioned offices.
They urged them not to be shy to get themselves involved in sanitation work as that yielded a lot of money instead of sitting at home for years without getting their desired jobs.
According to them, instead of emulating their effort to get incomes, the educated youth sometimes mock them when they see them collecting used water sachets they have thrown on the streets and the community.
Madam Eunice Otekpeteku, who is involved in the waste rubber collection said they go round to collect them with the help of others, packaged it into bigger rubber bags and sell them to plastic recycling companies.
Such pieces of rubbers collected are recycled into plastic products such as chairs, bowls, bottles, slippers, polythene bags, among others.
Madam Otekpeteku disclosed that she was able to sell three full trucks of packaged used sachets to the recycling company every week with each trip fetching her at least G,000.00.
She added that after the demise of her husband, she had done the rubber collection job for years and had been able to educate her children to the tertiary level.
Madam Naomi Agbor, another waste rubber seller, said she started the collection of the rubber when she realized that there was the need for her to work to support the family especially the education of her children.
Madam Agbor said because they did not have a pick-up of their own, they hired one to convey the items to the factories where they were weighed and paid accordingly.
She encouraged the youth to get involved in the job to earn a decent living and help keep the country clean.
Checks at NELPLAST Ghana Limited, a rubber waste recycling plant reveal that, for every kilo of sachet water rubber and black polythene bag, the women get 90 pessewas and 30 pessewas respectively.
Source: Ghana News Agency