The Minister for Employment and Labor relations, Ignatius Baffour Awuah has explained the governments just introduced Nations Builders Corps NABCO is aimed at reducing the rising unemployment rate among tertiary education graduates.
The challenges posed to parents by these graduates he said, is on the increase as guardians are expected to buy call credit for these graduates after spending enough on them through their education.
Launching NABCO at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), President Nana Akufo-Addo said graduate unemployment in particular, and unemployment in general, have been a tragic part of Ghanaian life.
He, however, said his government has introduced several initiatives including NABCO, in order to deal with the situation.
Speaking in an interview with Kwabena Obeng Akrofi, host of Ark in the Morning, the Member of Parliament for Sunyani West said, an estimated graduate of over a hundred thousand would be enrolled on the NABCO as research by his government reveals just about 10% of national service personnel get employed in their first year after service.
The NABCO initiative the Minister for Employment was quick to add is not binding as beneficiaries have the liberty to asses a permanent employment and to cushion the graduates to obtain job experience as demanded by most institution in seeking for employment.
Mr. Ignatius Baffour Awuah assured the Ghanaian citizenry the Nana Addo Danquah led government is committed to creating an enabling environment of job to end the unemployment rate in the country.
Minority Chief Whip in Parliament Hon. Ahmed Ibrahim is of the view the introduction of the Nations Builders Corps will retard developmental projects in the various assemblies.
The directive issued by the Common Fund administrator not roll out any developmental projects but rather channel 40% of the assembly’s common fund into Ghana School Feeding Programme, 20% for Planting for food and jobs, 20% into the Nations builders Corps and just 20% for the assembly’s administration he stated will paint a picture of inactiveness of the assembly to the public.
The Member of Parliament for Banda in the Brong Ahafo Region in an interview on Ark fm said, though the estimated figure if realized will help end the rising unemployment rate, however, artisans in the country whom the assembly would employ for developmental projects will be left out.
Hon. Ahmed Ibrahim said, the NPP government despite its promises of reducing nuisance taxes has failed as a number of new taxes has been introduced to fund its new policies affecting private establishments.
He explained, the NPP government has after assumption sought to collapse private businesses after promising to develop the private sector.
The law-maker further charged the government to be realistic with the number of jobs created in the country as the figure presented is false.
By: Frank Kyei Baffour(KKB)