General News of Sunday, 13 January 2019
Reports reaching YEN.com.gh indicate that there have been delays in the payment of GHc700 monthly stipend to those working in the NABCO program.
Two of the works under the programme criticized the government for portraying NABCO as a smooth success.
One of them, a network engineer under the digitize Ghana module, who gave his name as Nana said “the management of NABCO has painted the picture as if NABCO is going on well and NABCO trainees have been paid but nothing, no payment at all so we are pleading with our leaders. They should please pay attention to NABCO.”
The other individual called Isaac, who was on the enterprise module, highlighted the social cost of the non-payment of stipends.
Isaac, who studied industrial painting and sculpture, said he was married and a father of three and was unable to support his family.
He explained that, aside from not being paid, he was also unable to seek out a temporary job because of restrictions from NABCO’s terms of engagement.
The father of three had to rely on family to survive. Isaac said “I have to sometimes go to my dad… sometimes I have to go to my mother. Sometimes my auntie. Coming here, I went to my aunty for [transport money]. I will only hope God will only open another window for me meaning I will get another job outside and bow out quietly and respectfully out of NABCO”.
They, therefore, urged President Nana Akufo-Addo to pay closer attention to what was happening with the scheme.
The government’s employment scheme Nation Builders Corp has been hit with reports of non-payment of stipends to workers.
President Nana Akufo-Addo in October 2018 commissioned the passing out ceremony for 100,000 beneficiaries under NABCO modules in October 2018 and the following month, about 44,000 applicants had been placed to start work.