Unemployed First-Class Graduate With MPhil Seeks For Job Online

A 37-year-old unemployed graduate from the University of Ghana, Legon, Issifu Salifu, has taken to the internet, to openly seek for job, after staying idle without work.

Salifu, who from his records graduated from Ghana’s premier university with a First-Class degree honours in Geography and Resource Development (major) says, he needs job to support himself and his family.

The man, who claimed to be from Walewale in the North East Region, graduated from the University of Ghana in May 2013.

The Anchor, however, cannot ascertain how long Mr Salifu, has lived without a job, even though conflicting reports suggest, he was working with the Electoral Commission (EC).

The gentleman, who furthered his education by pursuing MPhil in Development Studies at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in 2017, seem to have become desperate, having stayed home idling.

Salifu, who took to social media to share a copy of his certificate from the University of Ghana, listed names of his primary, junior high and senior high schools.

“I am Issifu Salifu, 37 years old, from Walewale. I attended Loagri-Kukui Primary and Junior High School and then proceeded to Nalerigu SHS. I graduated from the University of Ghana with a first-class degree in Geography and Resource Development (major), I then completed an MPhil in Development Studies at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in 2017. I am currently seeking employment to support myself and my family”, he said in a post on the internet that has gone viral.

Even though contact details of Salifu was not included in the trending information, anyone with job space can contact one Onasis Kobby on Facebook, as it appears he knows the whereabouts of Salifu.

He adds to the growing number of unemployed graduates in the country, who have remained at home with some, sometimes falling prey to job scammers and fraudsters.

Ghana Unemployment rate increased to 3.56percent in Dec 2023, from the previously reported figure of 3.52percent in Dec 2022.

Though Ghana unemployment rate fluctuated substantially in recent years, it tended to decrease through 2004 – 2023 period ending at 3.6 percent in 2023.

The data reached an all-time high of 10.46percent in Dec 2000 and a record low of 2.17percent in Dec 2013. This data is reported by CEIC.

Conflicting report

Meanwhile, conflicting account from a Facebook user by name Iddrisu Ablayi Tahiru, is alleging that the job seeker, Issifu Salifu, is not being truthful.

Without any counter evidence, Ablayi Tahiru, claimed the unemployed graduate may be frustrated or desperate for reasons known to him, but his action was “purely to blackmail people in authority, especially when he highlights, he is from Walewale”.

According to him, “Salifu is currently with the EC. Maybe he needs a better or a well-paying job or something permanent, but he is NOT unemployed. He is a staff of EC”.

He also claimed that through Vice President Dr Bawumia’s office, a scholarship was secured for Salifu to do Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programme at the University of Ghana.

“Salifu like anyone else, has the right to seek better options, but it shouldn’t be at the expense of blackmailing or making people look bad or irresponsible,” Iddrisu Ablayi Tahiru asserts.

It is unclear, if his reaction was intended to thwart the chances of the seemingly frustrated unemployed graduate.


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