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TUC Declares Support for Nation Builders Corps


The Trades Union Congress (TUC), has pledged its support for government’s soon-to-be-launched Nation Builders Corps (NABCO) programme.

The Congress said it has learnt from the failures of previous job creation programs, and so it intends to back this initiative to ensure it succeeds fully.

Speaking to Citi News, the General Secretary of TUC, Dr . Yaw Baah, said the program, if sustained, will significantly help reduce the country’s unemployment burden.

“We’ve learnt from our mistakes. We’ve learned from GYEEDA and the rest, and this time, every hand will be on deck. We at TUC and other organized labour intend to support and make sure it is successful.”

He said the young people “are going to get some experience in the labour market and that will help them get jobs after this conditional employment. If we can sustain it, it means 2019; we are going to get another 100,000 [being trained],”

“It doesn’t take one day to clear unemployment. It takes time, but I’m sure with this beginning, the future is bright for our young people,” he noted.

The Nation Builders Corps, which will be launched on May Day; Tuesday, May 1, 2018, by President Akufo-Addo, is expected to create 100,000 jobs in seven sectors of the economy including Health, Education, Agriculture and ICT.

The program forms part of government’s  commitment towards addressing the high unemployment situation in the country.

The programme, which will be managed by the office of the President, will focus on alleviating shortfalls in public service delivery.

It is expected to create jobs for unemployed graduates in each district of the country, and the graduates will reportedly be engaged for three years.

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