The Nation Builders Corps (NABCO), which was hailed to be one of the best initiatives by the current government almost 3 years ago seems to be falling into shambles.
The Nation Builders Corps began with much joy and jubilation for most of the graduates from the various premier universities and technical universities in the country. These unemployed graduates saw this as an opportunity to gain employment for themselves in a country where finding work is much harder than gaining admission into a school – and began work with much vigour.
But to their dismay, the energy they displayed and took to their various posts was met with much disappointments. These personnel were promised a monthly stipend of 700 Ghana Cedis to be paid to them monthly for the duration of their contract (3 years).
These Nation Builders work tirelessly to try and make money to fend for themselves and their families, reporting to work on time and doing their best – but the enthusiasm with which they work does not correspond to the way they are paid. There seems to always be an arrear to be paid (currently they have 2 months arrears to be paid).
The inconsistency of the mode of payment has had a toll on the personnel, as they pray to at least finish their contract with the government. There is also no clear path as to whether there is going to be a permanent work for them after the end of their contract.
With these uncertainties, these NABCO Personnels are left sitting on the fence – they are at a point where the dim past and blurred future mingle, unable to decide whether to quit NABCO or continue as the inconsistencies in their mode of payment is making it hard for them to cater for their families.
There are a whole lot of questions which makes their heads turn – are they insured by government like other government workers? Will there be a permanent job for them after the end of their contract? Why is their mode of payment different from other government workers.
With all these unanswered questions, they are left sitting on the fence unable to decide their future.