By: Richard Fiebor/ www.africanakua.com, Ghana
Dr. Ibrahim Anyars, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Nation Builders Corps (NABCO) on Monday, declared that the prohibited motorcycle transport business otherwise known as “Okada Business” is not a better alternative to the NABCO Scheme, as suggested by former President John Dramani Mahama.
He made this statement in a facebook post in reaction to the former president’s intent to legalize the business when voted back into power. Dr. Anyars indicated that through the NABCO scheme “A secure three years has empowered the over 100,000 trainees with requisite work readiness to transition easily into permanent JOBS. With an expanding economy, a potential exists for all our graduates to get into meaningful and sustainable careers”.
Former President Mahama during his campaign in Kpandu in the Volta Region announced his plans to legalize the unlawful mode of transport insisting that the Okada Business has created more jobs than the recently implemented NABCO Scheme.
John Mahama, in an interview with Woezor TV on Sunday, August 23, 2020 said “why behave like the turkey and bury your head in the sand? These pragyas, Aboboyaa, okadas have created more jobs in this economy than any government job-related policy. It has created more jobs than NaBCo, YEA and all those artificial job creation programs…”
But Dr. Anyars disagreed and argued that “the scheme was envisioned to develop our local intellectual infrastructure to fit into a future transformed Ghana…at present, our contribution to nation building is undoubtedly beyond any measure: in education, health, agriculture, digitization, revenue mobilization, governance and to the development of enterprise.”
The NABCO Boss went on to further quiz the former President and Flagbearer of the main opposition party the National Democratic Congress (NDC), asking:
“1. What alternative has been proposed to the NABCO Scheme?
2. Is there any logical equivalence in idle and joblessness to a fulfilling and enriching skills development role?
3. Whatever its challenges, with how many words can you criticize 100,000 opportunities?
If you are thinking Okada, then Allah be your help”.
The NABCO Scheme was launched by the Akufo-Addo-Bawumia government in May 2018 targeting over 100,000 unemployed graduates with a monthly stipend of about GHC700.
Read Dr. Anyar’s full post below: