NABCo to end in 2 months – Ofori-Atta

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NABCo to end in 2 months – Ofori-Atta

NABCo to end in 2 months – Ofori-Atta

The Nation Builders Corps (NABCO) programme is a government initiative to address graduate unemployment to solve social problems. The focus of the initiative was solving public service delivery in health, education, agriculture, technology, and governance and driving revenue mobilization and collection.

Objectives

The objectives of the programme are to:

  • Firstly, to provide temporary employment to unemployed graduates
  • Secondly, to improve skills and employability for the transition from programme to permanent employment
  • Thirdly, to improve public service delivery
  • Also, to improve government revenue mobilization
  • Finally, to provide needed infrastructure to improve access to basic public services

In this new scheme, NABCo recognizes the role played by other pathways that currently exist under various government institutions. In a sense, NABCO ultimately offers a convergence for the employment initiatives landscape.

Among the existing Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) with schemes addressed to youth unemployment include the Ministry for Business Development, Ministry for Local Government and Rural Administration, the National Vocational and Technical Institute (NVTI), Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET), the National Youth Authority (NYA), and the Youth Employment Agency (YEA), and the National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Plan (NEIP) to cite some examples.

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In particular, the YEA has affected, positively, the lives of many non-tertiary graduates through the innovative modules that have continued to engage lots of young people. In the case of the NABCO, the distinguishing element would be its concentration on addressing the growing phenomenon of unemployment. As well as disillusionment among young people leaving tertiary institutions.

Ending of NABCo

The Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, has revealed that the Nation Builder’s Corps (NABCO) programme will officially end in September 2022.

According to him, the programme, which run for about four years, engaged 100,000 young graduates and has prepared thousands of them for the world of work.

Speaking in Parliament during the presentation of the Mid-year Budget on Monday, Mr Ofori-Atta said that “our iconic National Builder’s Corps (NABCO) programme, which was initially to run for three years and extended for an additional year, will be completed by 1st September 2022. So far we have invested approximately GH¢2.2 billion.”

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Government first introduced NABCO in 2018 as part of their vision to provide jobs for unemployed graduates in the country. About 100,000 graduates were engaged in seven sectors of the economy including; education, health, local government, agriculture, entrepreneurship, revenue and digitization.

The programme, during the period that it was executed, encountered challenges. Early this year, some of the trainees threatened to demonstrate over unpaid allowances.

Meanwhile, the Finance Minister has urged NABCO trainees exiting the programme to take advantage of the government’s new initiative, YouStart and other existing programmes.

He explained that this is to aid the government’s vision to have an entrepreneurial nation.
“The YouStart programme will be a fundamental intervention to advancing an entrepreneurial nation to create jobs.

The government’s policy is to support dynamic young entrepreneurs access training and funds to build their businesses and become a significant pool of job providers for their fellow young people.”

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