General News of Sunday, 13 January 2019
The Nation Builder’s Corps program has completed the resolution of challenges it encountered with the processing of stipends for some 9,235 beneficiaries.
It will be recalled that in the past week some beneficiaries have complained of non-receipt of their monthly stipend of 700 Ghana cedis even as their colleagues on the same program had received theirs.
NaBCo stipends for 2018 were fully funded in the 2018 budget and payments commenced for some 77,907 beneficiaries. However, some 18,001 beneficiaries, unfortunately, did not receive their stipends for various reasons as outlined below.
Addressing the Press in Koforidua in the Eastern Region, Minister for Information Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said the difficulties encountered called for a halt in further processing of the payroll for the data sets to be corrected.
“Indeed, the NaBCo secretariat sent messages to beneficiaries to correct their data for it to be rekeyed into the system” he added.
Mr. Nkrumah said “the secretariat informs us that 9,235 of them have now corrected their data and thus will be paid this week. Their December and regular stipends are also programmed to be paid immediately afterwards”.
He disclosed that another 8,766 still have outstanding data issues and are encouraged to correct their data as requested of them in messages sent to them so they can be paid as soon as possible.
NaBCo – Other Matters
It must be noted however that some 2,105 have been found to be already employed on other government programs such as YEA, NSS, Forestry Commission Payroll, MoH Nursing Training Institution or already employed in other sectors.
The Minister disclosed that such persons will be exited from the program. “Additionally, since October 2018 a total of 1,098 have also notified the secretariat of an intention to exit to other employment schemes. These voluntary exits are expected to continue as government continues to recruit into the public services.”
“This will create more vacancies on the NaBCo roll and will give the secretariat room to onboard persons who are on the waiting list and have not been placed yet” he added.
Entry into and exit from the NABCO program is purely voluntary. NaBCo is, therefore, encouraging beneficiaries who desire to stay on the waiting list to indicate same on the NaBCo recruitment platform online.