Whether you’re educated or not, the situation in Ghana is very bleak for the youth, as an interview with a Ghanaian man in the United States perfectly illustrates.
For 14 years, Kwame Sarpong worked as a veterinary officer in Ghana. His salary had risen from 150 cedis to Ghc 1,200 after 14 years.
Frustrated, he decided to venture outside in search of greener pastures.
“When I started as a veterinary nurse in 2006, my take-home pay was 150 cedis, and when I moved to the United States in 2018, my take-home pay was 1,200 cedis after taxes and other deductions,” he explained.
According to him, he now earns around $1,800 per month, which covers all of his bills and leaves him with plenty to save or spend on whatever he desires.
“When I arrived in 2018, I was living with my sister, so I wasn’t paying bills, and my salary was $1800. “I can now use my two weeks’ wages to pay my bills and save the rest,” he explained.
This equates to well over Ghc 20,000 per month. You’d struggle.
Sarpong revealed all this in an interview with SVTV Africa whilst encouraging Ghanaians to travel whenever they get the chance.