From Naabenyin Joojo Amissah
The newly-elected Central Regional Secretary of the NPP, Mr Richard Takyi-Mensah, has charged the youth in the region to get registered with the Nation Builders Corps (NABCo).
The Nation Builders Corps, according to Takyi-Mensah, must be seen as a policy intervention intended to control graduate unemployment, and also help them acquire practical experience.
Speaking to The Chronicle, Mr Takyi-Mensah said the programme had come to stay and, therefore, any graduate who qualifies must take advantage and get registered.
“I have heard a lot of arguments and commentaries about NABCo since it was launched by the President in Kumasi. In fact, some of the arguments are disheartening, but they will not deter the government,” he posited.
“Because we are determined to end graduate unemployment, we shall remain focused and implement the policy, and very soon, those who don’t seem to appreciate it will see its success,” he continued.
Mr Mensah explained that the policy has no political correlation, and, therefore, appealed to every qualified graduate to consider the programme as a stepping stone to a greater height.
“Government does not intend to close employment of graduate in other sectors because of NABCo. The initiative does not replace graduate employment by the government,” he explained.
He alleged that the previous government left behind a backlog of unemployed graduates during its eight years stay without implementing a single policy to curtail the situation.
In his view, the high level of graduate unemployment could have been reduced to a significant number if the previous government had instituted a plan while in office.
“I will plead that no graduate should buy the mischief and propaganda being peddled by the NDC, because their lack of direction in the fight against the canker is what has brought us this far,” he opined.