The Member of Parliament for Assin South Constituency in the Central Region, John Ntim Fordjour, has stated that the Nation Builders Corps is not merely for political gains but a genuine commitment of government to fight unemployment.
“NaBCo is not a political gimmick,” he told Bright Kwasi Asempa, host of Onua FM’s Yen Nsempa.
The MP argued that the unemployment situation in the country would have been reduced if previous governments took key employment initiatives to solve it.
According to the MP, who was contributing to a discussion on the Nation Builders Corps (NaBCo) on Onua FM, the nation has failed in the past 20 years to consciously tackle the menace of unemployment.
In his view, the current situation of high unemployment is as a result of an accumulated effect.
“There are over 150,000 university graduates that are churned out annually but for the past 20 years, what did we do to employ them?” he quizzed.
“If we had done that 20 years ago, there would not have been unemployment in the country. So to ensure such people are employed that is why the government initiated the NaBCo.”
President Nana Akufo-Addo on Tuesday, May 1 launched the Nation Builders Corps, which is expected to contract the services of 100,000 graduates to assist in the public sector.
According to President Akufo-Addo, “NABCO will be the vehicle to deliver one hundred thousand (100,000) jobs in seven (7) prioritized areas, defined as the following modules: Educate Ghana; Heal Ghana; Feed Ghana; Revenue Ghana; Digitise Ghana; Enterprise Ghana; and Civic Ghana”.
But hundreds of nurses and health professionals hit the streets of Accra on Monday, threatening to vote out the New Patriotic Party government in 2020 if it fails to review some terms and conditions of the package offered them under NABCO.
Instead of being contracted for three years with a monthly stipend of GH¢700, they are demanding financial clearance will pave way for their permanent employment.
Reacting to the issue on Yen Nsempa on Tuesday, Rev Ntim Fordjour said even though graduate unemployment is a worry to the nation, graduates would need to gather some work experience before securing jobs.
“Some have been in the homes for the past 6 years and employers request for a minimum requirement of 3 to 5 years working experience. Where are those who have been home for the past 6 years going to get that experience?”
Rev Ntim Fordjour, however, thinks that job creation will play a major role in who wins elections in the future.
By Kweku Antwi-Otoo|3news.com|Ghana