Deputy Ranking Member on Parliament’s Committee of Defence and Interior, Alhaji Alhassan Mumuni, has downplayed the significance of government’s celebration of the one-year introduction of Nation Builder’s Corps (NaBCo), describing it as “a waste of our national purse.”
Speaking in an interview with THE REPUBLIC, Hon. Mumuni said the Akufo Addo led government is only good at the celebration of programmes and that NaBCo programme failed woefully to tackle the unemployment epidemic of the country.
“I think clearly this NaBCo programme is nothing to celebrate… Those celebrating it are celebrating nothing but just a waste of our taxes. First of all, it has failed to reduce unemployment and is not a panacea to unemployment, the government find another avenue to waste taxpayer money. There is nothing to be celebrated about this NABCo. I see it as yet another fanfare and nothing desirable to be celebrated ” he said.
The government introduced the NABCO initiative as part of its commitment towards addressing the high youth unemployment in the country. About 100,000 recruits of NABCO successfully passed out on October 17, 2018.
Already, the government is in arrears of salary between four to six month of many of the recruits within the first year.
Hon Mumuni who is Member of Parliament (MP) for Salaga North constituency, questioned the government commitment to unemployment issues in the country.
He said, ” as we speak, over two million Ghanaians have lost their jobs through the collapsing of Banks, Small Scale Mining, among others, yet the government find it convenient to celebrate this mediocre? Many youth and professional who were having permanent jobs are today unemployed has skyrocketed and you have the president and his government careless and be celebrating this temporal jobs.”
Mr.Mumuni said several professional graduates including Nurses, Doctors and Teachers are still at home after graduating, simply because there is no financial clearance yet the government has resources to be wasted for celebrating.
“We know there is a gap of over 50,000 required in the health service, there are over 30,000 trained already out there and theirs is for government to sign a contract with them so that they can be engaged, but the government want those who are already professionals join NaBCo.”
The Salaga North lawmaker claims are in sync with several other concern citizens who have described the programme as a depletion of the state a merger resource.
He maintained that NABCO should have been run under already existent systems like the Youth Employment Agency (YEA).
In his view, the programme is unsustainable and ought to have been structured in the YEA to give sustainable jobs.
Mumuni said the initiative has failed to address the yawning gap of unemployment as the government and its communicators sought to paint the picture in the public.
He is optimistic the NDC government would review the programme when it takes over governance in 2021 election.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Nyaaba