Some 11,000 beneficiaries of the Nation Builders Corps (NABCo) have so far exited from the programme after successfully securing employment or establishing their own businesses.
This is according to the Chief Executive of NABCO, Dr. Ibrahim Anyars.
Established in October 2018 to address graduate unemployment, beneficiaries of the programme are supporting public service delivery in health, education, agriculture, technology, governance and revenue mobilization.
Although 100,000 people were recruited at the beginning, several of them are exiting upon finding a source of livelihood.
“The scheme was crafted as an opportunity to bridge the world of academia and then the corporate world so that the very deficit that has created a gap between them and the labour market could be addressed. So, you find that this is the kind of buffer within NABCo. Over 11,000 as of the anniversary have exited into some kind of permanent or self-employment. For us, the more of them that exit, the better.”
Prioritize NABCo recruits – Nana Addo to MDAs
President Nana Akufo-Addo had urged the various Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to give NABCo recruits priority when filling vacancies.
He had said that the young men and women recruited under the initiative have made positive contributions to the growth and development of the country, a year after its inception.
Nana Akufo-Addo said NABCo personnel across the country have demonstrated a high level of commitment and dedication in their line of duty and must, therefore, be prioritized.
“Across all the sectors of our national life are examples of such positive stories of valuable contributions by our young NABCO trainees. We owe them these opportunities to help them realize their potential. Not only does this assist with their growth, but it also helps to secure our collective future. They should be the first to be considered when opportunities for permanent employment come up,” the President said.
NABCo initiative good
Some beneficiaries of the NABCo say the initiative has significantly impacted their livelihoods and has adequately prepared them for the job market.
Aside from the positive testimonies, the non-payment of allowances have been one of the challenges that beneficiaries of the program face.
They have threatened to embark on a number of protests to press home their demands.