‘Classical Vote Buying’ – Suhuyini Condemns NABCO
Tamale North MP, Alhassan Suhuyini has described the Nation Builders Corps programme as a calculated attempt by the government to buy votes in 2020.
The opposition Member of Parliament says it is deceitful for the government to say it doesn’t have the resources to give financial clearance for the employment of trained Healthcare Service staff but is able to “dash” GH¢600million for NABCO.
“…they can’t get financial clearance from the Finance Ministry to employ the staff that they need but they can get GH¢600million…to dash out like this. This is classical vote buying,” he told Ronald Walker on the AM Show Monday on the Joy News channel on MultiTV.
He added that the government can put the money to better use, arguing that if the clearance is given to the sectors to employ, the Health Service, for instance, can pay GH¢1,500 to its employees rather than the paltry GH¢700 expected to be paid to the NABCO beneficiaries.
Member of Parliament for Okaikwei North, Fuseini Issah disagreed with his colleague on the other side of the political divide accusing him of complaining about problems his party created.
Mr Issah described the position of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) as people who go to pollute the source of a river and go downstream to complain that the water is dirty.
He said the ban on employment in the public sector was instituted in the NDC government’s era after the government signed onto an IMF extended credit facility programme.
Mr Issah proceeded to defend the NABCO programme describing it as a specific intervention to address the unemployment problem.
Mr Suhuyini who will not accept defeat tagged the NABCO as paid internship rather than employment.
“You go for three years and you exit,” he highlighted.
He argued that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) promised jobs and not internship programmes as they are rolling out now in the name of jobs.
“…in that same admission that it’s internship, they present it as the jobs they promised, if that is not deceit I don’t know what is,” he said.
“That’s Total Cheat,” he added, likening it to Northern Region-based singer Fancy Gadam’s award-winning song.