President Nana Akufo-Addo is today officially commissioning recruits for the Nation Builders Corps (NABCO) initiative.
The program seeks to employ 100,000 of the country’s graduate youth in various sectors of the economy.
Today’s event will see the beneficiaries who went through successful interviews placed to start working.
Finding jobs for the country’s youth was one of the major campaign promises of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the run-up to the 2016 elections. Critics of government have however said the NABCO initiative is not sustainable.
But government insists NABCO, which is one of its many interventions will help deal with youth unemployment.
President Akufo-Addo launched the Nation Builder’s Corps as an alternative job creation opportunity for the country’s jobless graduates.
The programme is expected to create 100,000 jobs in seven sectors of the economy including health, education, agriculture, and ICT.
It also forms part of government’s commitment towards addressing the high unemployment in the country.
The programme, which will be managed by the office of the President, will focus on alleviating shortfalls in public service delivery.
The beneficiaries will be engaged for three years and they are expected to earn a monthly stipend of GH¢700 each.
The modules are Feed Ghana, Educate Ghana, Revenue Ghana, Heal Ghana, Enterprise Ghana, Digitise Ghana and Governance Ghana.
Trainee nurses, midwives kick against NABCO
But the Ghana Nurses and Midwife Trainees Association, are unhappy with the programme saying government should employ them permanently instead of recruiting them on NABCO.
In May, the Public Relations Officer of the Association, Akugri Gaddafi, stated on Eyewitness News that the remuneration package for nurses in the programme is unfair, suggesting that newly-employed certificate nurses earn about 1, 100 cedis, while diploma and degree nurses earn between 1, 600 cedis and 1, 800 cedis, all much higher than the 700 cedis persons employed under the scheme are set to earn.