The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), for Ga East Municipal Assembly (GEMA), Hon. Janet Tulasi Mensah, has charged prospective beneficiaries of the Nation Builders Corps (NABCO) programme in the municipality to take serious the opportunity offered them by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to improve their living conditions and advance their future careers.
She made this call at the opening of an orientation programme for the NABCO trainees at Abokobi.
The Nation Builders Corps (NABCO), is one of the initiatives of the Nana Addo-led government meant to create opportunities for the Ghanaian youth to be employed to live decent lives.
Under the NABCO programme, the average District in Ghana is expected to engage at least 350 trainees, each earning Seven Hundred Ghana Cedis (GHC700.00), plus training costs, and will bring over Three Million Ghana Cedis (GHC3,000,000.00) each year to the District.
As part of the full roll-out of the programme, successful candidates in the interview conducted at the various government agencies or institutions a couple of months ago are to undergo an orientation training programme.
Following this, a Passing-Out ceremony is expected to be organized for the beneficiaries which is tentatively scheduled to take place between 5th and 7th October, 2018.
The NABCO trainees are to be assessed by three (3) Key Performance Indicators (KPI); Knowledge, Punctuality, and Integrity and would be evaluated quarterly.
They are expected to PASS two quarterly evaluations, that is, end of December, 2018 and March, 2019, before a substantive letter of employment is issued to them.
The NABCO orientation kicked off across all district centres in the country on Monday and it was the turn of the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) and Members of Parliament (MPs), from Tuesday, to engage the trainees on what is expected of them.
Addressing the prospective beneficiaries at Abokobi, Hon. Janet Tulasi Mensah, told them not to downplay the benefits of the programme but take full advantage of it to enhance their life.
“The government, through the NABCO, has offered this great opportunity for the youth of this country to develop their future careers through the huge investment in the human capital development of graduates from our tertiary institutions. So, I implore you to take this opportunity offered by the government seriously to build your future careers.
She again urged the trainees to endear themselves to the rationale for the programme and advised them to work assiduously in order to achieve targets set for them.
“The rationale for the establishment of the NABCO is to instill a sense of sacrifice and patriotism as nation builders and what it means to say “I am a Nation Builder”. To this effect, we expect you to demonstrate good work ethics and be an example of good citizenship.”
The Ga East Municipal NABCO Coordinator, Elisha Kwame Apiedu, also advised the prospective beneficiaries to make good use of the opportunity offered under the NABCO programme.
“This initiative is directly under the Office of the President, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to the Local Government level so there is a lot expected of you as Nation Builders. You need not to focus on the allowance but on the job at hand to gain good experience and at the least, improve your CV with this initiative.”
The ceremony was graced by the Presiding Member (PM), Hon. Jesse Nii Noi Anum, and Municipal Coordinating Director (MCD), Mr. Joshua Adams Asihene.
Other officials who were present included the Public Relations Officer (PRO) for the Assembly, Okunyin Boaz Orlan-Hackman, Municipal Information Officer (MIO), Paul Asagba, Head of Management Information System (MIS), Philemon Acquah and Assistant Human Resource Manager (HRM), Juliet Oppong.
By: Andrew Tagoe
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