Indeed, one needs no argument to arrive at the conclusion that one of the major national security issues confronting Africa, and for that matter, Ghana, is the issue of unemployment.
The subject which has caused some Ghanaian graduates in the same unemployment bracket to form an association to fight for their course, is one of the issues which no presidential hopeful or political party can afford not to give a major place in their manifesto.
In the run-up to the 2016 elections, each of the parties gave their version of a policy to, if not eliminate completely, reduce significantly the canker of unemployment in Ghana if they won the elections.
The eventual winner of that election and current President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo, partly rode on the back of a One District, One Factory policy to kill this socio-economic threat. But before the first factory block hits the soil of any district in the country, the president begins a process to gradually disband the Unemployed Graduates’ Association by launching a policy the intention of which is supposed to give unemployed graduates a three-year opportunity to cushion themselves as they prepare for permanent employment.
The Nation Builders’ Corps (NABCO) which was launched in Kumasi on May Day, 2018, is expected to provide temporal job opportunities to 100,000 unemployed graduates this year alone with a monthly remuneration of GHC 700, the president said. The focus of the initiative would be solving public service delivery in health, education, agriculture, technology, governance and drive revenue mobilization and collection.
For Vexaplus News, Felix Nyarko Acheampong reports.