THOUSANDS of trainees of the Nation Builders Corps -(NABCO) have appealed to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo led New Patriotic Party (NPP) to consider giving them permanent placement at their various agencies since their three years contractual working agreement with the government has about to come to and abrupt end.
Addressing a press conference to voice their concerns yesterday, socres of the NABCO trainees expressed their concern over how the expiration of their three years contract can badly affect their living.
“Our problem now is how do we survive after we go home, some of us couldn’t save even a pesewa due to the nature of payment of our stipends, we are only engaging the government to reconsider its decision and give us permanent placement at our respective agencies,” they further appealed.
The trainees reiterated their quest that, going home without permanent jobs has become a major canker for them since potential unemployment will be a threat to livelihood.
“We don’t have sound sleep, we have been thinking all this while about how we are going to survive after we have been sent home, this is giving us headaches, we are pleading to President Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo Addo, since he is a listening President to absorb us into the mainstream work to make us permanent staff”, they emphasized.
In a addition they lamented that over the past one and half years, the progressive government initiative has rapidly reduced their financial burdens and also graduates unemployment rate in the country, perhaps, admonishing the government to further discuss/ order the Module Implementation Partners to maintain them in their various agencies.
“We can confidently say the Nation Builders Corps ( NABCO) has drastically reduced graduates unemployment rate in the country as well as other social vices, we are pleading to the government and want to officially address our concerns through these medium to the government to consider our dedication, sweat and commitments to engage us permanently in our work places,” they noted.
Speaking further, the National Patron of NABCO, Nana Barimah Asamoah maintained the position that most of the trainees lives will be impoverished if no show on the side of government to either absorb them or create sustainable avenues for them after exiting the scheme.
“As I have been saying, indisputably, as a nation, we are acquainted with the actual circumstances entangle the hollows of graduates unemployment; We have intellectually and practically oriented graduates battling job deficits.
“Inasmuch as NABCO was objectively instituted to entalent and skill our graduates to boost their employability prospects, Frankly, the scheme was primarily purposed as a remedy for their survival amid their groaning complaints of hunger in their previous unemployed state.”
“Now the question is; how are they going to acclimatise themselves to the situation out there when made to go back home without fixation of considerable number in the various agencies, at least to reduce the potential burden on the scanty jobs? This is the genuine question we should start addressing as a nation ahead of time,” he said.
He stated that “I request we shouldn’t subscribe to the option of brooding 100,000 graduates, vacate them after three years back to the perils of job insecurity. Again harbour new set of recruits and navigate them through the tunnels of rats racing.”
He emphasized that “l am appealing to the government to reconsider the exit pathways for these beneficiaries by implementing modalities adequate to consolidate their exposure and sacrifices made in our corporate environment.
“We can achieve this by written directives to the agencies and MIPs to absorb Nabco Trainees if not all, a considerable quota in the ongoing recruitment. Their skills are needed and we have enough spaces in our corporate institutions to mechanize them only if we are determined and decisive as a nation.’
He noted that “even beneficiaries who wished to set up their enterprises after the contract would barely save for such purpose looking at the scheme having suffered payment delays, fluctuations, arrears backlog and leakages faced with the limited time for their contract to expire.”
He stressed the need for the central government to diligently consider these genuine concerns and look at possible avenues to invest sustainably in the lives of these vulnerable Trainees.