The Vice President of IMANI Ghana, Lawyer Kofi Bentil has strongly criticized the Nation Builders Corps (NABCO) saying it will negatively affect the economy of Ghana.
The programme which was launched by President Akufo Addo on 1st May 2018, is expected to employ 100,000 young graduates for three years.
NABCo will initially operate seven modules designed to meet the pressing needs of the nation while providing jobs for the teeming youth who have received tertiary education but are struggling to find jobs.
The modules include the Feed Ghana module where people serve as agric extension officers to help our farmers. There’s also the Educate Ghana module where people will teach science and mathematics in High schools. The Revenue Ghana module will take graduates into the Ghana Revenue Authority to help in the collection of revenue.
Then there’s also the Heal Ghana module where nurses who have been sitting home without jobs after school will be employed.
Speaking on News File on Joy FM Saturday, Kofi Bentil disputed claims that the programme will solve the huge unemployment problem that has bedeviled the country over the years.
“The first problem is inflation, you’ll destabilize your micro economic stability when you pump so much money behind unproductive activities, I worry about that. And then you have the risk…look at what happened to the GYEEDAs, the YEAs, you have so much money going into a certain place, things are not very well defined and people are supposed to be trained. This is not new, you could have just taken this and slammed it straight into the YEA.
“Again let’s be clear, this is a purely political programme. There’s no economics to it, there’s no social aspect to it that’s to say we’re doing something as the people in power today to make sure that we’re seen to be alleviating the plight of our youth who face unemployment. But let’s be clear, every effort aimed at attacking youth unemployment is extremely important. To that extent therefore this is important.”