100,000 jobless graduates to be employed in 2018 – Ken Ofori-Atta

At least 100,000 graduates are expected to be employed in 2018 under the Nation Builders Corps (NBC) programme.

Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta said the intervention is aimed at reducing the menace of graduate joblessness that is on the rise.

He told Parliament during the presentation of the 2018 Fiscal Year Budget Wednesday, the Nation Builders Corps programme will focus on public service delivery in the health, education and agriculture sectors.

It will also address sanitation and revenue collection and mobilization issues.

A research finding by the Institute of Statistics, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) has revealed about 10 percent of graduates find jobs after completion of national service.

It noted it takes up to 10 years for a large number of the graduates to secure employment.

Riding to power on the promise of creating jobs, the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) said it is ready to fulfil that promise.

The Finance Minister said the Nation Builders Corps will be government’s major initiative to resolving livelihood and unemployment issues in the country.

Mr Ofori-Atta observed the objectives of the programme would be to provide employment to unemployed graduates, improve skills and employability, improve public service delivery and improve government revenue mobilization.

“On average, under this program, every district should be able to provide jobs for 462 graduates,” he said.

The government has earmarked ¢600 million to execute the project that will be under the Office of the President.

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