Over 40,000 graduates have applied for job placements of all sorts with the Nation Builders Corps (NaBCo) in just four days, Dr Anyars Ibrahim, the Technical Advisor at the Office of the Vice-President tasked with coordinating the programme meant to employ 100,000 unemployed graduates this year, alone, has said.

Dr Anyars told Multi TV’s news analysis programme Newsfile on Saturday, 5 May that IT personnel monitoring the applications on NaBCo’s website recorded the 40,000 applications as of Tuesday, 1 May.

According to President Nana Akufo-Addo, who launched the job intervention programme on May Day, “NaBCo will be the vehicle to deliver one hundred thousand (100,000) jobs in seven (7) prioritised areas, defined as the following modules: Educate Ghana; Heal Ghana; Feed Ghana; Revenue Ghana; Digitise Ghana; Enterprise Ghana; and Civic Ghana.”

Explaining the rationale for the establishment of the Corps, President Akufo-Addo noted that the grim story of youth unemployment has been a tragic part of the lives of Ghanaians for far too long in Ghana, worsened, in recent times, by the ban placed on public sector employment by the International Monetary Fund.

That is why, according to the President, in the 2018 budget statement, “I gave an indication that a new employment scheme will be launched to tackle the issue of the growing number of graduates exiting our tertiary institutions with no job placements in sight.”

Each employee will be paid GHS700 a month in the voluntary and temporary job programme.