The Employment and Labour Relations Minister, Ignatius Baffour Awuah has revealed that workers of the Nation Builders Corps (NBC) will receive a minimum monthly salary of GH¢600.
The amount is slightly above the allowances of National Service Personnel who earn GH¢559 monthly.
[contextly_sidebar id=”oiLxD7hyBYXq6FkdbsNGbqEHrjg7sXnF”]The Nations Builders Corps was announced as a government initiative in the 2018 budget to provide 100,000 jobs to graduates at a cost of GHc 600 million.
The focus of the initiative is to improve public service delivery in health, education, agriculture, sanitation and also drive revenue mobilization and collection.
The programme has come under criticism from the Minority in Parliament and Policy think tank, Imani Africa.
They have cited a duplication of roles with the already existing Youth Employment Programme.
But responding to a question from MP for Ashaiman, Ernest Norgbey on what government was doing to create jobs for Ghanaians, Baffour Awuah says the corps was still being fashioned out properly by the government.
“My office, together with the office of the president, is working together to come out with the modules that will be under this particular project,” the Minister stated to Parliament.
On questions relating to corp’s remuneration, Mr. Baffour Awuah said the gross salary is expected to be around GHc 600.
“… all things being equal, the 100,000 will work for 10 months [in 2018] so if you divide this [the GHc 600 million budget allocation] by the 10 months for 100,000 people, it suggests that on a monthly basis, each person will get GHc 600,” he explained.
462 jobs per district
The NBC is expected to provide every one of Ghana’s 216 districts with jobs for 462 graduates, the Minister said.
The programme, which will be managed by the office of the President, will focus on alleviating shortfalls in public service delivery.
NBC has a number of subsets which are connected to other major government targets and initiatives.
It will have a “Clean Ghana” Programme for sanitation, a “Heal Ghana” module for health, “Revenue Ghana” programme for tax collection, a “Teach Ghana” module for education and a “Feed Ghana” module for agriculture.
The NBC is also envisioned to alleviate the Ghana’s graduate unemployment problems
By: Duke Mensah Opoku/citifmonline.com/Ghana