NABCO: What will happen if you don’t attend the Passing Out Ceremony?

Dear NABCO, consider us. Not all of us can come for the ceremony. It is just impossible right now. 100,000 trainess can't fit in a 30,000 capacity venue.

NABCO’s passing out ceremony – an event when successful NABCO applicants will be sort of presented to the public is set to happen on Wednesday, 17th October 2018.

The NABCO passing out ceremony will also be used to highlight Government’s achievement of employing 100,000 graduates.

However, some of us successful applicants of NABCO seem not to want to go for the ceremony. On Monday, NABCO released a statement showing applicants from which regions are expected to be at the passing out ceremony.

Who are those supposed to be at the Passing Out Ceremony?


Full numbers are expected to turn up from NABCO trainees from the following regions:

  • Greater Accra
  • Central
  • Western
  • Volta
  • Eastern
  • Ashanti

For the other regions (Upper East, Upper West, Brong Ahafo and the Northern), due to their proximity from the capital, Accra, representatives are going to be sent it.

NABCO Teams at the district and regional levels will coordinate the sending of representatives to Accra.

What will happen at the Passing Out Ceremony?

The passing out ceremony is expected to be a normal ceremony where trainees listen to talks, are motivated and are officially inducted into NABCO.

However, per the latest development, it seems there will be some form of registration at the ceremony.

Here is a section of the message:

NABCO trainees must bring with them – to be collated by their district and regional leaders – a white envelope containing their engagement letter.

Their name, NABCO code and District should be boldly written across the envelope.

The Regional Planning Teams are then to deposit these envelopes in the bins provided. This is how Registration will be conducted due to the numbers.

Please note that there are a few trainees still being registered at the districts.

So what will happen if you don’t attend?

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From the above message, it means that there will be some form of registration at the event. This makes the passing out ceremony very important.

My advice will be that, if you can make it to the event, you should try and go.

Why some NABCO trainees might not be able to go to the Passing Out Ceremony?

A lot of applicants have raised concern about not being able to go for the passing out ceremony due to one or two reasons.

For the majority of us, these reasons are genuine. Here are some of the reasons:

Cost Involved in going to Accra and back

Some of us don’t stay in the capital city Accra and currently, there is no provision for any transport arrangement from NABCO to send us to the ceremony and back.

Even for the people who stay in Accra, not everyone may be able to afford the transport fare to go to the Independence square. Maybe NABCO should help with transportation.

The NABCO Cloth is still not available for us

As far as I know, we have to be in the NABCO cloth for the passing out ceremony. However, I personally have not received the cloth yet.

I am sure majority of trainees have also not received the cloth. If we are supposed to be in the cloth for the passing out ceremony, then we need to have it sewn.

The problem here is not having the cloth now, how long it will take the tailors to sew the cloth and even money to pay for an express service.

I think maybe NABCO should allow us to wear our own clothes at this ceremony.

Accommodation for those coming from far

This is not a problem that affects me in particular but I have heard some trainees complain about not going to be able to go back to where they came from on the same day.

If accommodation is not going to be provided, they need to find money to get their own and we all know how expensive accommodation is in Accra.


There is this question that keeps popping in my mind: “If the passing out ceremony is very compulsory, then why are some regions only sending reps?”.

For me, I hope the passing out ceremony goes on very well so that we don’t get any further postponement. I am sure we Nation Builders want to support the programme as much as we can so that we can start work early and start earning.

I am a proud Nation Builder.

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