The Upper East Regional Coordinator of the Nation Builders Corps (NABCO), Khan Jambeidu, has revealed that over 700 beneficiaries have gained permanent employment and exited the programme.
He made this known on Daybreak Upper East on A1 Radio in responds to claims by a communication team member of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Zinekina Solomon T. T. B, that the implementation of NABCO was not successful.
Mr. Jambeidu who doubles as the Dean of NABCO Coordinators argued that the programme, as designed by government to address the challenge of graduate unemployment in the country has been largely successful.
“As a government, we looked at the issue and came up with a brilliant policy like the Nation Builders Corps to be able to pay GHS700 to graduates while improving their skills and levels of employability to make them employable and you sit here and say it’s a useless policy- and what is GHS700? This was something you people couldn’t do. So I’m surprised when you say NABCO is useless.” He said.
According to him, government at the introduction of the programme targeted to engage one hundred thousand graduates. But government exceeded its target by engaging nearly one hundred and thirty thousand graduates in the various modules due to the high numbers of unemployed graduates.
“If you pick the numbers cumulatively from when we started in October of 2018 till date, we have taken almost one hundred and thirty thousand people onto the programme. In this region alone, more than seven hundred beneficiaries got permanent employment and exited the programme.”