Mr Martin Opoku Sekyere, a labour expert has described as ‘credible’ the Nation Builder’s Corps (NaBCo) initiative by the Akufo- Addo led administration which seeks to provide a lifeline to long-term unemployment.
A week ago, President Akufo-Addo launched this graduate scheme program which is part of government’s effort to address Ghana’s teething graduate unemployment in the country.
Introduction of NaBCo has been greeted with a nationwide threat of mass demonstration by jobless nurses who do not want to be enrolled under the programme; citing job insecurity and unfair salary structure among other reasons for rejecting the offer.
Mr Opoku Sekyere, who spoke to SilverFMs Nana Kwabena Ampratwum, host of ‘Omanbapa’ morning show rather lauded the efforts of the government; saying the move is a feature of good governance which will serve as a stopgap measure to allow unemployed graduates who have completed national service gain vital work experience while practicing the skills learnt from school.
“NaBCo is a commendable effort by the government to reduce the long and creeping unemployment years of our youth which has become the bane of our economy”
“Some degree and diploma holders have completed their tertiary education as far back as five to ten years without any employment after national service ….others are even done with voluntary work receiving wages lower than national service allowance with the hope of getting permanent jobs ….this increases the unemployment gab for our qualified youth looking for gainful jobs”
“In my opinion this NaBCo initiative is a strategic move and measure put in place by the government to provide a lifeline to the long-term unemployed youth”
The Labour expert also said that the programme, which do not restrict the youth after enrollment to leave after securing better jobs is a measure to develop their skills, improve their professional competences and at the end of the period gain the required experiences to meet certain criteria.
Nation Builders Corps (NaBCo) which has an objective of utilizing talents of teeming unemployed graduates who are yet to land permanent jobs was launched on May Day by the President at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi.
It is expected to empower over 100,000 youth who would be hooked onto the programme.
The project has seven modules including the Feed Ghana module which will employ graduate as Agric extension officers to help farmers; the Educate Ghana module to recruit graduates to help in teaching science and Maths in Senior High schools; the Revenue Ghana module which will help the Ghana Revenue Authority in the collection of revenue; the Heal Ghana module which will employ nurses.
Over 40,000 graduates is reported to have applied for placement under the programme in the last four to five days of its implementation, Dr. Anyars Ibrahim , a coordinator for the (NaBCo) programme has disclosed.
Mark F. / silveronline24 / SilverFM