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NABCO Trainees Oppose Attempts to Use Scheme for Political Gains

The Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, declared during his 2022 Mid-Year Budget Review that the government’s flagship programme, the Nation Builders Corps (NABCO) ended on September 1, 2022.

The Nation Builders Corps (NABCO) trainees have expressed disappointment at the government’s failure to fulfill its payment obligations owed to the trainees. According to them, the government owes the trainees nine months of arrears and all attempts to prompt the government proved futile.

in an interview with Citi News, the National Spokesperson of the former NABCO Trainees Association, Eric Takyi, expressed their disappointments and frustrations

“We are very disappointed. We have worked for nine good months and we have not been paid. When the contractual years of the scheme ended, the government gave us one year contract, one additional year that we should remain at full pending permanent arrangement. The letter was issued from the NABCO secretariat and it was endorsed by the vice president Doctor Mahamudu Bawumia. We adhered strictly to the directive that was given by the government and we remain at post,” Takyi said.

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“We worked assiduously and then after the one additional year ended, we were asked to retrograde back to our unemployed state. We were not paid and that was 2022. As I speak, the money still hasn’t been paid. It is nine months, arrears that the government has decided not to pay NABCO beneficiaries” he added.

The spokesperson also indicated their resolve to thwart any attempt by the government to exploit the NABCO program for political gains, especially ahead of the imminent 2024 general elections.

“We are going to intercept any comment, any sign that makes an attempt to capitalise on the NABCO for political votes. We are going to intercept everything that they will do in an attempt to use the NABCO to canvass votes for the general election” he added.

The government’s flagship programme, the Nation Builders Corps (NABCO) programme ended on September 1, 2022, as declared by Ken Ofori-Atta, the Minister in charge of Finance during his 2022 Mid-Year Budget Review

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