As part of the activities to climax the One Year anniversary celebrations of the Nation Builders Corps (NABCO) at District and and Regional levels, beneficiaries in all the 15 Municipal and District assemblies of the Upper East Region, have engaged themselves in some humanitarian services to the poor and vulnerable across the Region.
The beneficiaries said their gestures were aimed at giving hope to the hopeless and giving back to the society through their monthly stipends. Some of such gestures included donating to orphanages and blood donation. They also planted trees in some selected areas.
At the climax of the Regional anniversary celebration in Bolgatanga on Monday, October 14, 2019, the Upper East Regional NABCO Coordinator Jambeidu Khan expressed satisfaction with the level of support shown by beneficiaries since the commencement of NABCO till date.
Crediting the Akufo-Addo administration for implementing NABCO to curb unemployment rate in the country, the coordinator hinted that President Akufo-Addo will be launching the second component of the NABCO, which is learning component and its will be spearheaded and partnered by the Ghana-Indian Kofi Annan of excellence.
Representatives of the various models of NABOC including Educate Ghana for Ghana Education Service, Heal Ghana for the Ghana Health Service and Revenue Ghana for Ghana Revenue Authority expressed their gratitude to the government for the initiative. They pledged to continue to cooperate with government in making sure NABCO beneficiaries are absorbed into the mainstream employment.
The executive Director for Rise-Ghana Awal Ahmed Kariama, who was a speaker challenged the beneficiaries to read more books and as well meet more people who can easily transform their lives for.
He said, “You can be talented, but the people you meet, the opportunities you get and the hard work you put, will determine whether NABCO will pass through you or you will pass through NABCO.”
He encouraged the beneficiaries to improve upon their skills to enable them excel beyond NABCO.
The guest speaker at the anniversary celebration and President of Millar Open University, Prof. David Millar, admonished beneficiaries to be focused and desist from been money conscious. According to him, today’s youth do not want to sacrifice time for learning in becoming better tomorrow.
“The youth today do not want jobs, they want money and luxury. They don’t want work, so if you said you are unemployed, is either you are unemployable or you don’t want to work, what you want is just money.”
“Let me disappoint you today, by saying the first degree isn’t a professional degree, we are only pretending with it in this country. First degree is nonprofessional these days. A professional degree starts with postgraduates. The first degree is to set you up to move you into a professional level. So if you want to work internationally first degree does not sail, because a lot of outfits do not operate them anymore.”
He, therefore, encouraged the beneficiaries upgrade themselves through NABCO programme in order to meet up with the job market.
Deputy Upper East Regional Minister, Fuseni Adongo, in his speech also congratulated NABCO beneficiaries in the region for their cooperation since the inception of the programme as he expressed optimism that NABCO stands to be one major public service agency that creates avenues for the youth of Ghana to participate in governance of their country.
The District Chief Executive of Bongo, Peter Ayinbisa, the Bolgatanga Municipal Chief Executive Joseph Amiyure and Tempane District Chief Executive also gave their testimonies of NABCO beneficiaries in their various districts.
During an open forum, some beneficiaries called on the government to give NABCO programme a legal backing and also capture beneficiaries under the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT).
The theme for the one year anniversary is; ‘Investing in the youth, securing our future through opportunities for work and nation building.”
Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHZ|Ghana|Ngamegbulam Chidozie Stephen