The president, Nana Akufo-Addo, who has been playing hide and seek with the commissioning of terminal 3 at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA), made time on Wednesday to attend the graduation ceremony of 1000 Nation Builder’s Corps (NABCO) beneficiaries.
As a newspaper, we are not against every effort by the government to tackle the rate of unemployment that is largely responsible for throwing the citizens into poverty and despair.
We are, however, mindful of similar schemes in the past, that were used as avenues to siphon money into the pockets of unscrupulous individuals, as well as the inability of governments to pay the allowances on time.
We are also compelled to interrogate the pronouncement by the minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah that, funding for the programme is not a problem.
Sadly, the government is not willing to make available to the general public, how the programme is going to be funded, especially to Civil Society Organisations, who have been asking the relevant questions.
A fortnight ago, beneficiaries in the Afforestation programme, had to bear their teeth at the authourities for non-payment of their allowances for the past four months, before the Forestry Commission, promised that two months arrears, would be paid before the end of this week.
While, the beneficiaries were moved to the Independence Square for a public show in the name of graduation, they are yet to be posted.
As a country, we have always put the cart before the horse, the beneficiaries, should have been sent to their duty post, before the waste of resource to oragnise a graduation parade, which will not add anything to what they will be doing at the work places.
The start of the programme, has already been postpone twice, it is the expectation of this newspaper that, they will not have to sit at home for another three months.
As a country, we need to address unemployment with a holistic development strategy.
Now that, the president, his Vice and the whole government machinery, made time to attend the passing out ceremony of a scheme that is a consumption expenditure, they should do so too to Terminal 3 at the KIA, which is going to generate revenue, part of which is going to be used to pay NABCO beneficiaries.