After serving for over three years and now wondering whether they will be permanently employed under the Nation Builders Corps or not, the NABCo beneficiaries seem fed up and will soon hit the streets to press home their demand for permanent jobs.
Patron to the group, Nana Barima Asamoah revealed the situation of most NABCO beneficiaries during a press conference by the opposition National Democratic Congress where he said most of them were “perishing in extreme hunger and deprivation” and they will hit the streets on 15th February 2022 to express their frustrations.
He lamented that the NABCo members had been abandoned by the state.
“The actual ground [for the demonstration] is that after we were compelled to avail ourselves as power horses and bulldogs to canvas votes for the NPP to renew its mandate, we have been left in limbo.”
“We are displeased with the government. As we speak now, we are here on a solid ticket of the [NDC’s] recognition of our grievance and their commitment to helping us surcharge the government and hold Nana Addo’s government accountable.”
NABCo trainees have lamented that the government has not released their stipend for about six months.
The NABCo secretariat in November 2021admitted to some challenges with persons who had for several months not received their allowances and said it had prioritised payment of those allowances to those who were owed about two months allowance.
They however assured that payments to all trainees are being made and would soon reflect in the beneficiaries’ accounts.
Beneficiaries of the Nation Builders Corps have cried out to the government to settle their allowances which have been in arrears for the past seven months. According to a statement from the trainees, “they have been plunged into a point of no hope as the government has turned deaf ears
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NABCo, a government flagship job creation programme ended in October 2021 though trainees were asked to remain at the post.
The government revealed during the presentation of the 2022 budget, that the YouStart programme and a Digital inclusion program would gradually absorb the remaining NABCo trainees.
NABCo was introduced by the Akufo-Addo led administration in 2017 as part of a job creation plan.