National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for Cape Coast South, Kweku Rickets Hagan has described government’s Nation Builders Corps (NABCO) as ‘useless’.
According to him, the policy is a welfare system which will only pay people for doing nothing.
NABCO was launched on May 1, by President Akufo-Addo to address graduate unemployment in Ghana but opinions about the programme have been sharply divided.
The main strategy, according to the government, is to engage 100,000 unemployed graduates and equip them with skills through a process of value addition and training under seven modules: Educate Ghana, Heal Ghana, Feed Ghana, Revenue Ghana, Digitize Ghana, Civic Ghana and Enterprise Ghana.
While some comments have lauded the initiative as demonstrating the government’s commitment to solving the unyielding problem of youth employment, Mr. Rickets Hagan has a contrary view.
Mr. Rickets Hagan on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen Tuesday indicated that NaBCo is just New Patriotic Party (NPP) government attention-grabbing initiative that scratches the surface but does not solve the core problem of graduate unemployment in the country.
He noted that the erstwhile J.A. Kufuor government, which was also from the NPP tradition, had a litany of such programmes which implementation resulted in ineffective problem resolution.
“Why are Akufo-Addo and his people deceiving Ghanaians. You promised those jobs and not temporal policies. I think it’s useless and shouldn’t have even been launched. What happened to the promise of jobs for all graduates who are willing and able to work; what happened to the promise of permanent jobs that pay living wages,” he quizzed.
“All these things have forced me to run for president in order to change the state of the country,” he added.