Government has managed to raised funds to pay one month out of the ten ten months’ arrears owed beneficiaries of the Nation Builders Corps (NABCO).
This follows series of protests amidst threats to picket at the Jubilee House till the President, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo Addo personally addresses their demand.
The payment which hit their various accounts yesterday, has been confirmed by the President of the NABCO trainees Association of Ghana (NABTAG), Dennis Opoku Katakyie.
A statement issued yesterday said “NABCO trainees are hereby informed that stipends payment for November 2021, as one month’s settlement of the ten months arrears, has been processed. In actuality, nine months, counting from December 2021 through to August 2022, are still outstanding.”
Government’s gesture has been described by some beneficiaries as cosmetic to buy time to starve them more. This is because the Nation Builders Corps (NABCo), which introduced in May 2018 to temporarily address graduate unemployment, officially ended on Thursday, September 1, 2022.
The programme, which was initially meant for three years, was extended by a year.
The NABCO trainees fear, any further delay might make it difficult to receive full payment of the remaining arrears.
NABTAG’s statement warned that it will employ every plausible approach to ensure that trainees are fully paid their stipends for the remaining months.
“If after a considerable period of time, arrears for the remaining months are not fully paid, the leadership will recruit another draconian measure to forcibly ensure that we are paid. We have done it before, so we can do it again.”
They further appealed to government, particularly the Ministry of Finance, to “affix trainees’ outstanding arrears into its subsequent allocations to enable the Secretariat to effect payment for the remaining months.”