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Government of Akufo Addo and Bawumia defrauds NABCo beneficiaries

Government of Akufo Addo and Bawumia defrauds NABCo beneficiaries with Mid-Year Budget Review

Government of Akufo Addo and Bawumia defrauds NABCo beneficiaries with Mid-Year Budget Review

This Akufo Addo/Bawumia administration is a fraud in every way. In actuality, they were successful in defrauding NABCO beneficiaries. In addition to starving them for nine months without their GHC700 stipends, the government has now admitted to them via Ken Ofori Atta that they have no permanent positions for them.

The Finance Minister infuriatingly said in paragraph 25 of the 2022 midyear budget review that, starting on September 1, all NABCO recipients shall benefit from the as-yet-unfunded YouStart initiative. The recent development in the situation runs counter to the NPP platform commitment to provide these people with long-term employment.

I can categorically state that it is unreasonable and unworkable to suggest YouStart as a potential alternative source of employment for recipients. Together with Edem Agbana, I had the honor of representing the NDC Youth Wing in a stakeholder meeting for the launch of YouStart. Along with the varied start dates the government has provided so far for the unsuccessful initiative, the program’s financing source is a concern.

The government was counting on the e-levy revenue to pay for YouStart. Unfortunately, this income has fared poorly so far for the government. At the most recent assessment, the government had not raised as much money from the e-levy as anticipated. The launch of YouStart has been delayed as a result. There was supposed to be a debut of the program in April, but this never occurred, and as of right now, there is no indication of a launch date.

Other than E-levy, YouStart receives no special financing. Both NEIP and Youth Authority acknowledged there was no legislative framework in place to operationalize YouStart throughout the stakeholder engagement. Without e-levy, YouStart wouldn’t exist, according to both State bodies, who were essentially assured of this.

The Akufo Addo/Bawumia administration is recommending recipients to focus on that area amid the uncertainties surrounding YouStart, after callously neglecting to pay their stipends for nine months. The beneficiary directive is, to put it mildly, troublesome. The axiom that not everyone can succeed as an entrepreneur is true.

The Akufo Addo/Bawumia administration, however, intends to compel every young person looking for work to unwillingly start their own business via a nonexistent YouStart program. The program is a competitive proposal financing “competition,” as it was described during the stakeholders’ engagement. A NABCO recipient does not automatically qualify for YouStart benefits when they apply.

A beneficiary must submit a plan for a business endeavor, and it will only be supported if the implementing agencies have determined that it is viable. This cannot take the place of the commitment made by Akufo Addo and Bawunia to provide NABCO recipients long-term employment. These young people have received a bad bargain.

The Finance Minister kept quiet on their nine-month areas, other than to note that the government has already spent 2.2 billion on them. This is the most aggravating part. This cannot possibly be the best way to care for the already disadvantaged youth in our nation. Change is necessary, but it is not certain to occur under Akufo Addo and Bawumia.

Amos Blessing Amorse

Deputy Greater Accra Regional Youth Organizer- NDC

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