We cannot condemn or praise NaBCo – Imani

Written by on October 18, 2018

Policy think tank IMANI Africa says it can neither praise nor condemn government on Nation Builder’s Corps programme.

Government launched its first initiative to create jobs yesterday with president Akufo-Addo and his Vice Dr. Bawumia gracing the occasion at the independence square. Other government officials including Ministers and their deputies were also in attendance.

Over 100,000 jobless graduates have been recruited into NaBCo with some ¢3 billion of tax payers money pumped into the programme which will see recruits earn ¢700 monthly allowance for three years.

President Akufo-Addo admonished the recruits to give Ghanaians their money’s worth as the taxpayer’s money will be expended on them.

“…you must bear in mind that government is investing some ¢3 billion of taxpayers money into this programme. Your monthly ¢700 is not free money and you must earn every pesewa of it which I’m confident you’ll do,” he said.

The program has come under heavy criticism from some sections of the public who think it is not a solution to unemployment.

Others have also questioned the sustainability of the programme.

IMANI Africa is tempted to agree but says it will adopt a wait and see attitude.

Senior Vice President, Kofi Bentil said “It is simplistic to just come out and condemn NaBCo and it is also simplistic to just come out and hail it as a solution.”

“The truth is that it is neither condemnable nor the solution we need to start subjecting these things to real economic analysis and try to find a way to ensure they can earn the investment we put in them,” he added.

Mr Bentil is certain that if subjected to economic scrutiny, NaBCo like the rest will fall short simply because they are driven by politics.

He believes the programme can only be sustainable if it can do just as the president has directed.

Story By: Nana Kwabena Agyare (@Mr_Agyare)

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