Baba Adongo, a director of Footprints Bridge International, has encouraged the government to restructure the National Builders Corps (NABCo) programme to address the current problems the programme is facing.
Mr Adongo observed that the program’s policy was not adequately implemented, and that as a result, trainees are unable to gain marketable skills.
“I think the NABCo policy was really not properly implemented. I have seen where the young people were attached to organizations and they just thought that they would be employed.
“In some cases, they didn’t have the skills and if you wanted to make an attempt to help them address those skills-gap, they didn’t (avail themselves). I think they were not properly oriented for the NABCo assignment,” he said while speaking to JoyNews.
Mr. Adongo believes that the government should incorporate important private sector parties in the restructuring of NABCo.
“There should be a structure for the internship. If you have a structure and people go by that, it is more like giving them job based training and in a few years, they will acquire the skills,” he continued.
The Nation Builders Corps (NABCo) is a government project aimed at reducing graduate unemployment and addressing social issues.
The program’s goals include temporary employment, enhancing skills and employability, as well as public service delivery, revenue mobilisation, and basic public service access.
The Ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs ordered that trainees in the Nation Builders Corps (NABCo) be permitted to leave their posts earlier this year.
The order came after the programme’s end in October 2021.
In a letter dated January 21, 2022, the Ministry directed all registrars to “relieve all the trainees of their current duties and allow them exit from the Service.”
Source: The Independent Ghana