Recruits of the Nation Builders Corps (NABCO) will today stage a massive demonstration over their unpaid allowances in Accra.
The recruits allege that they haven’t received their allowances since November 2018 and all efforts to retrieve the monies have failed.
Alex Ofosu, Convener of the Unpaid NABCO Trainees in an interview with Citi News said employees complain that failure to pay them their stipends for the past seven months despite the fulfilment of their obligations has subjected them to financial hardships, hence their resolve to protest.
“We will start gathering around 8am around the Turkish Embassy and from there we will move to the Office and present our petition to the CEO and Secretariat of NABCo. We are hoping that something positive comes out of this,” he said.
However, Iddrisu Tahiru, the Public Relations Officer of NABCo disagreed with the demonstration and called it needless.
He said the challenges with payment for some of the aggrieved recruits were because they had challenges with their e-zwich cards among others.
“All trainees who banked with banks consolidated by the BoG are required to get new and updated e-zwich cards from their respective banks before receiving their allowances,” Mr. Iddrisu Tahiru said.
“So the problem is that, these trainees had their e-zwich from banks that were consolidated. So their e-zwich cards became inactive. So NABco tried paying them but we couldn’t pay them, so we sent them messages to go and get new e-zwich cards, some of them did and they were asked to go back to the portal and update their e-zwich cards and we are about to clear them currently.”
“I don’t understand some of our trainees ….It is very unnecessary, why are you demonstrating? Every step we have taken, we have kept them informed”, he added.