Some unemployed nurses who are against the Nation Builders Corps (NaBCO) initiative launched by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, have said they are disappointed in the government.
According to them, they were promised a permanent job by Mr Akufo-Addo when he was campaigning ahead of the 2016 presidential and parliamentary elections and not the NaBCO programme.
Members of the Coalition of Unemployed Private Nurses are expected to hit the streets of Accra today, Monday, 7 May 2018.
The group is opposing attempts by government to enroll its members into the Heal Ghana module of the NaBCO initiative with a monthly salary of GHS 700.
The programme which was launched by President Nana Akufo-Addo last week, is expected to provide the teeming unemployed graduate youth, jobs under several modules including nursing, teaching, ICT etc.
But according to the nurses, the scope of the NaBCO policy puts health professionals at a disadvantage.
They fear once they are enrolled under the programme, the Ministry of Health will relent on its efforts to get them financial clearance to become permanent staff of the Ministry.
Some of them who spoke to Accra News’ Nana Amoako Gyampah said: “We feel disappointed in the president because that is not what he promised, we want a permanent job, not this short term contract.”
Another nurse said: “We are picking up signals that when the NDC wins the next elections they will cancel the programme and so when that happens what are we going to do? We are scared and so we don’t want this NaBCO.”