“You promised us permanent public sector jobs, what happened? – NABCO Trainees ask Akuffo-Addo


Frimpong Manso, the Public Relations Officer of the Aggrieved Nation Building Corps (NABCO) personnel, has voiced his disappointment in the Akuffo-Addo-Bawumia administration, accusing them of exploiting the program for political purposes during the 2020 elections.


Launched in 2018, NABCO aimed to provide temporary employment and skills training for unemployed graduates, fulfilling a key campaign promise of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).


Manso claims that NABCO personnel voted for the NPP in 2020, believing in the party’s pledge to transition the program participants into permanent public sector jobs. “The promise by the government to absorb us made us vote for the NPP during the 2020 elections. The government used us to campaign with older adults and Ghanaians on the need to maintain the NPP. NABCO trainees worked to support the government to win the election but now it seems everything is clear now. We thought it was an initiative to alleviate us but now we are getting the picture that it was a mounded vehicle to drive us into poverty,” he said.


Manso further criticized the party for abandoning NABCO personnel despite their efforts to help the government win the 2020 general elections. “We’ve not been remembered at all, our vice president who is the flag-bearer of the NPP has toured almost all the regions in Ghana but there is no single occasion whereby he has mentioned NABCO as an achievement. You can say that the government is so quiet about this NABCO stuff. Whenever they get the opportunity to talk to the people, they don’t even mention the NABCO issue. So, this is a big NO they don’t remember us, they just want to forget about NABCO and we are also not going to sit down for this to happen because they are still owing us,” he lamented.


He also pointed out that some personnel have lost their lives due to delayed payments. “We borrowed to survive and even worked under harsh conditions yet still no appreciation from the government. If I tell you the number of NABCO Trainers that have died from malnutrition and even petty diseases and sickness that they could have survived if they had money.”


The government currently owes over sixty-six thousand NABCO personnel a total of four hundred and eighteen million cedis.

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