General News of Thursday, 18 October 2018
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said he is not the only citizen who wants to see the nation developed. The president says he is committed to policies that will help the nation develop in order to transform the living condition of Ghanaians.
Delivering a speech at the graduation ceremony of Nation Builders Corps (NABcO) beneficiaries on Wednesday, the president said, I know I am not alone in aspiring to see a transformed Ghana, which has joined the ranks of developed nations, and moved to a situation beyond aid, i.e. a Ghana Beyond Aid.’’
He admonished the beneficiaries to help build the nation. ‘’As you return to your respective destinations to commence work, your marching orders are clear – help build a nation you will be proud of. Live by the core values of knowledge, punctuality and integrity.
Live as nation builders. Let us, together, fulfil the dreams of progress and prosperity that animated the great patriots whose toil and sacrifice brought us our freedom and independence.’’
According to the president, ‘’NABCO trainees must bear in mind that Government is investing some GH¢3 billion of taxpayer’s money into this programme. Your monthly stipend of 700 Ghana cedis is not free money, and you must earn every pesewa of it through hard work and dedication, which I am confident you will do.
To the Ghanaian people, you will feel the presence and contribution of these one hundred thousand (100,000) NABCO trainees in your towns and villages, your constituencies and districts, and in critical sectors of the economy.
Work with them, and believe that, together, we can build a progressive and prosperous nation, the equal of any on the face of the planet.’’
He said, ‘’ The one hundred thousand (100,000) NABCO trainees will be deployed in seven critical aspects of our economy, i.e. education, revenue mobilization, agriculture, health, governance, digitisation and the private sector.
They are going to assist in the realisation of Government’s vision of an educated population, an industrialised, robust and well-manged economy, the delivery of good governance, and, for the sustenance of all these, a reliable, skilled and efficient workforce.
Additionally, the NABCO trainees will be engaged in a structured work and learning programme environment. For every four weeks of work, one week will be dedicated to acquiring soft, future employability, and work readiness skills. Within three years, NABCO trainees would have obtained 36 weeks of solid training and value addition to enable them transition smoothly into the world of permanent work.
By this, we would have also addressed the very issue that keeps our graduates out of the labour market, in spite of their educational qualifications.
The managers of the programme have struck up a partnership with the Council for Technical, Vocational and Educational Training (COTVET), and some universities, both domestic and foreign, for the validation of the content of the learning programmes, so that the trainees receive appropriate certification of their skills and training for their deployment to the Ghana Revenue Authority, Ghana Education Service, Ghana Health Service, Information Services Department, Local Government Service, Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications, the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, and the Ministry of Trade and Industry,’’ he concluded.