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There has been a huge patronage of the Nations Builders Corps, with over 40,000 graduates already applying for the initiative after it was launched less than a week ago, the Daily Statesman can confirm.

There has been a huge patronage of the Nations Builders Corps, with over 40,000 graduates already applying for the initiative after it was launched less than a week ago, the Daily Statesman can confirm.


From our checks, the figure is likely to shoot up in the coming days. This has been corroborated by Anyars Ibrahim, Coordinator of the programme, who disclosed in radio interview that the initiative was receiving massive patronage.

Investigations carried by the Daily Statesman also revealed that barely hours after the launch, hundreds of unemployed graduates took to the internet to register for the programme, in spite of the fact that many high ranking members of the opposition NDC continue to discourage the youth from signing into the programme.

Joining the tall list of NDC functionaries seeking to run down the initiative is former Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Inussah Fuseini, who claims the Nation Builders Corps is a “political propaganda tool” aimed at hoodwinking Ghanaians into retaining it in power in 2020.

A visit to various internet cafes in the metropolis by our reporters showed that the most visited website had been the NABCO site, with scores of the unemployed youth ensuring that they meet the deadline for the registration, considering the huge number that is expected in the coming weeks.

At the Silicon Internet Café, located at Awoshie, the attendant explained to the Daily Statesman how he had had to assist a number of the graduates scan and upload their documents in the last few days.

“We have had to reschedule our closing time from 8pm to 10pm to ensure that we attend to these guys who are registering for the NABCO initiative. Sincerely, the numbers have been overwhelming and we expect to see more in the coming days,” he said.

At the Busy Café, one of the most popular internet centres located at Circle, our reporter caught up with three graduates who were busily registering for the programme.

Thomas Adiya, a graduate from the Pentecost University College, said although he was unsuccessful in getting his data captured during his first attempt last week Friday, he decided to try again on Saturday and was hoping to be successful, despite the slow pace of the network as a result of the huge number of individuals registering on the site.

An amount of GHC600 million has budgeted for the Nation Builders Corps initiative. Deputy Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, has indicated that claims by the Minority that Government lacked money to undertake the project was unfounded, adding that the amount had been stated in the 2018 budget statement.

NABCO was launched by President Akufo-Addo on Tuesday, May Day, and is expected to employ, this year alone, 100,000 young men and women to assist in the public sector service delivery needs of Ghana.

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 had 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.

NaBCo will operate seven modules designed to meet the pressing needs of the nation while providing jobs for the teeming youth who have received tertiary education but are struggling to find jobs.

The modules include the Feed Ghana module where people serve as agric extension officers to help our farmers. There’s also the Educate Ghana module where people will teach science and mathematics in High schools. The Revenue Ghana module will take graduates into the Ghana Revenue Authority to help in the collection of revenue among others.