NaBCo trainees threaten to vote against govt if it fails to address their request for permanent employment
Some applicants of Nations Builders Corps (NaBCo) have threatened to turn their back against the government if it fails to address their request for permanent employment before the 2020 General Elections.
According to them, President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo had failed to engage them in their campaign promises as the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has done.
NaBCo is a three-year social intervention programme which was introduced in May 2018, giving a first batch of 100,000 unemployed graduates, temporary job opportunities.
Meanwhile, beneficiaries have spent two years out of their three years contract and are in their exit phase without any hope for permanent jobs.
Speaking with Spot On News in Accra yesterday, some trainees indicated that the NDC in their manifesto promised trainees permanent employment while the brain behind the flagship initiative had failed to include them in their manifesto and subsequent promises.
They observed that government after the promise of the NDC to legalise and regulate commercial motorcycle riding “Okada” business, had offered an alternative plan by introducing “National Transport Recapitalisation Policy” to give them sustainable work while NaBCo trainees are still battling for permanent jobs.
Silas Obeng, a beneficiary regretted that trainees’ plights were not addressed while the government was working to solve problems within other sectors.
“I am sad that as at now President Akufo-Addo has failed to talk about permanent employment for NaBCo trainees. According to the Minister of Finance, government is in consultation with stakeholders to pay Menzgold customers before elections 2020, meanwhile they earlier rejected and made pronouncement that the locked-up fund was not linked to the government,” he added.
Another beneficiary, Mary Adams stated that graduates were being calm and it was time to pressurise the government to see the need to make them permanent staff and not to work with the exit plan coming next year.
“We will not vote if Nana Akufo-Addo fail to address our grievances for us to see our fate coming next year,” she cried.
Meanwhile, the Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has said all nurses employed under NaBCo will soon be absorbed as permanent health workers.