A Ploy For Cheap Labour
Unemployment is an indicator of several possible malfunctions and lawlessness as far as public policy or the very structure of a society and an economy are concerned. The relatively high rates of criminal activities, and the consequent state failure which increases the risk to national security could be exceedingly attributed to the high unemployment. This is the current situation Ghana is facing and an issue no sitting government has been able to successfully address.
In hopes of addressing this issue the recently launched Nation Builders Corps a government initiative designed to engage the services of young unemployed men and women in key organizations in the public sector. The programme is expected to provide 100,000 job opportunities to unemployed graduates in the areas of health, education, information and technology, revenue mobilization and other key areas.
The National Health Students Association of Ghana has however described the initiative as inhumane. They reference the enrollment of unemployed nurses under the initiative to modern slavery. They said: “The unemployed health personnel need financial clearance and posting, and not a three-year employment contract that will further compound the challenges at the sector”.
The Coalition of Unemployed Private Nurses (COUPN) have also added that they believe the NaBCO initiative is just a ploy by government to migrate health professionals onto this scheme in the quest for cheap labour. They said “We will like to make it clear to members that the paraphernalia clearly indicates that NaBCO trainees will receive training to be able to practice, which is an indication that it is not ideally meant for nurses and other health professionals but rather a calculated attempt to migrate health professionals onto this scheme in the quest for cheap labour,” sections of the statement read”
Representative of Jobless nurses has thus announced it will on Monday, May 7 embark on “a massive demonstration exercise to be staged in the capital city of the country, Accra. The demonstration as stated in their notice will start from Obra Spot (Kwame Nkrumah Circle) at 7:00am and end at the Hearts of Oak Park, where a petition will be presented to the Vice president, Dr. Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia.
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