Government has pumped GHS600 million into the Nation Builders Corps (NaBCO) initiative.

A Deputy Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, has disclosed.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Tuesday, 1st May, 2018, launched the Nation Builders Corps (NABCO) which will employ, in this year alone, 100,000 young men and women to assist in public sector service delivery needs of Ghana.

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According to President Akufo-Addo, “NABCO will be the vehicle to deliver one hundred thousand (100,000) jobs in seven (7) prioritised areas, defined as the following modules: Educate Ghana; Heal Ghana; Feed Ghana; Revenue Ghana; Digitise Ghana; Enterprise Ghana; and Civic Ghana.”

Explaining the rationale for the establishment of the Corps, President Akufo-Addo noted that the grim story of youth unemployment has been a tragic part of the lives of Ghanaians for far too long in Ghana, worsened, in recent times, by the ban placed on public sector employment by the International Monetary Fund.

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Speaking on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen, Wednesday, Mr. Oppong Nkrumah noted that claims by the Minority in Parliament that the government lacked money to undertake the project are baseless.

He added that the amount has been stated in the government’s 2018 budget statement which has been approved by parliament.

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“Sometimes I get worried when the minority downplays government’s initiative, especially one that would reduce unemployment in the country.

“As I’m speaking with you now, an amount of GHS600million has been earmarked for the project, and so, I am shocked that the minority is making such claims. I think they need to have a look at the budget because it has been stated in it.”