The vice president, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has said that graduates to be employed under the Nation Builders’ Corps (NABCO) would start work in August this year.
NABCO forms part of government’s measures to minimise the spate of unemployment in the country.
He said the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government under Akufo-Addo was only 18 months old in office and had fulfilled some of its promises made to Ghanaians before the 2016 presidential and parliamentary elections.
The Vice President made the remark when he paid a courtesy call on the Regent and people of the Navrongo Traditional Council in the Upper East Region, which was the 9th Region of his nationwide tour. The Vice President, who later joined his fellow Muslims to offer prayers at the Navrongo Central Mosque, was accompanied by Alhaji Boniface Abubakar Sadique, the Minister for Inner-City and Zongo Development, Mr Rockson Ayine Bukari, the Upper East Regional Minister, Municipal and District Chief Executives, some party executives and government officials.
“We are praying because we know that with God everything is possible and without God nothing is possible, so we are trying to make sure that we live by the words of His Excellency Nana Akuffo-Addo that the battle is the Lord’s,” he said.
Dr Bawumia said 1,000 graduates would be hired and distributed across every constituency, and added that “Navrongo, for example, will not get less than four hundred graduates this year. They will be hired, and they will start work this year.”
He noted that it was better for the unemployed graduates to be engaged under the program than to allow them to stay at home with the excuse that government cannot provide them with jobs.
Bawumia disclosed that government would hire 80,000 non-graduates or non-certificate holders onto the youth employment scheme.
According to the Vice President, some farmers had access to fertilisers and seeds under the “Planting for Food and Jobs” programme and said the government was working hard to ensure that the “One Village, One Dam” programme started soon.
“We have awarded the contracts for the programme and you would see a lot of dams been constructed very soon all across the three Northern Regions.”
Dr Bawumia said the government had established the Northern Development Authorities for each of the three Regions of the North and would inaugurate the Board on Monday. He, therefore, urged the Chief Executive Officer and his Deputy to work hard to ensure that all constituencies reaped the benefits of the different authorities.
“They would be the vehicles through which we will channel the one million dollar per constituency to see the various projects being implemented. We have been 18 months in office, and you will agree that Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is a President who keeps his words.”
Ambassador Francis Bagyei Kelugu, Head of the family of the late Navro Pio, thanked the Vice President and his entourage for a visit, the support and interest government had shown in the funeral arrangement of the late chief, Pe Dr Augustine Atudiku Balinia Adda, who died on September 13, 2015.
He said the funeral of the late Chief would be performed on June 19, and a new Chief would be installed on July 15 this year.