The way and manner in which the youth of this era want to make quick money is very alarming. Almost half of the youth in Ghana have chosen the short way out in life.
They want to be successful within the shortest possible time. Due to this, most of them are in the streets looking for means to achieve their short term money-making plan. Most of these youth end up engaging in indecent behaviors.
Example is the rising numbers of fraudsters and “scammers” in the country. That is, people trying to use computer to fraud others. Another example is also the incidence at Kasoa where an eleven (11) year old boy was killed by his friends.
These examples listed above are just but a few of the actions that the youth engage in to make quick money. These actions among the youth stem from various sources.
One of the main reasons why most youth engage in such practice to make quick money is the notion that “even graduates do not get work to do, how much more we that are yet to start.” The level of unemployment and economic hardship compelled the youth to channel their own path to make money.
Most positions in government institutions are being occupied by relatives of those in authority. So the poor people who struggle to pay their fees and graduate successfully do not get work to do, because they do not know anyone in authority. This discourage most youth and force them to find their own means of survival.
Another factor that pushes the youth into making quick money is the influence from the media. The media of today has brought a whole different definition of life. It portrays life as buying expensive things and living a luxurious life.
It shapes the mindset of the youth that being successful is buying expensive phones and wearing designer brands. From the music we listen to, to the videos we watch on television, and the movies we also watch all portray life as getting abundant of everything and even overflowing.
The raring habit among youth to make quick money can be best curbed when more opportunities for jobs are created. Honestly, it requires a certain level of creativity and intelligence to be a fraudster or scammer, which means these youth have the skills and energy to work. But where to get the opportunity to exhibit those skills is what we are lacking.
Another way to curb this habit is to make rules that will check what kind of things are being advertised or displayed on television and other social media handles, either by the media houses or by celebrities. Because most of the youth spend almost all their time online, watching celebrities or reading tweets from well known people.
And this has a major influence on the mindset of the youth.
When the above mentioned measures are put in place, it will really cause a massive change in the youth of this era.
Author: Blessing Barrow
University of Ghana
College of Humanities.