Personnel Unpaid For Two Months But Officers Caught in Lavish lifestyle
Service personnel across the country, are beginning to agitate, following government’s inability to pay their monthly allowances over the past two months.
They have tried without success to get the National Service Scheme (NSS) to pay their monthly GH¢559 allowance, making going to work difficult.
It comes days after President Akufo-Addo, launched the restoration of the scraped nurses and midwives trainees’ allowances last Tuesday in Sunyani in the Brong Ahafo Region. The cash allocations, were withdrawn for non-availability of funds.
Some of the NSS personnel who spoke to The Herald, said last Tuesday’s pump and pageantry, will be deemed a misplaced priority, if government is unable to give what is due them, while rushing to honour a campaign promise seen by many students at the various tertiary levels, as very discriminatory.
They have submitted the allowances forms, however, they maintain the Scheme, is yet to honour it part of the agreement.
“We submitted our monthly forms last month, and we have submitted that of this month too just”, a personnel said amidst fear that they may not get paid this month too.
One personnel, who has been stationed to direct traffic said, moving to and fro has been difficult, adding the current state of affairs, do not give him the needed motivation to execute his job with the police.
“In fact all service personnel [under government payroll] have not been paid. They are telling us that they will resume payment from November or December going or better still, early January 2018.”
According to another service person, “when we complained, they said we should be nationalistic and work, but they the officials, are being paid huge salaries every month with allowances and other benefits. We would be grateful if you can talk to the government on our behalf, because we are suffering. Our parents can’t pay our fees and continue to give us money while serving the nation too”.
Meanwhile, The Herald sources within government, has stated that some of the management members are living lavishly on the tax payer, requesting for more and enjoying more than what is due them.
Sources say, some of these Akufo-Addo appointees, who jealously complained about their predecessors lifestyle and campaigned on modesty, are beginning to live above their means, while allowances due graduates under them are being delayed.
For instance, according to information, one of the management members, who works directly under the Executive Director, Ussif Mustapha, has demanded for extra air conditions for the state bungalow made available to management aside the three assigned each of the officers.
Some renovation contract on the said officer’s bungalow, has been inflated with the officer, even deciding the contractor to work on the bungalow.
|However, while the service personnel await the payment of their allowance, the Deputy National Service Director in charge of Operations, Henry Nana Boakye, says the secretariat is putting in measures to pay the allowances.
According to him, the secretariat is carrying out an audit to ensure that payment is done accordingly and also erase the pay roll of ghost names hence the delay in payment of the service allowance.
The government approved the amount of GH¢559 to be paid as monthly allowance to National Service personnel after the Mahama government accepted the request by the Michael Kpessah Whyte administration to have allowances of service personnel increased. .
Payments of the upward adjustment started from April 1, management of the National Service Secretariat said.
Speaking on Okay FM’s ‘Ade Akye Abia’ programme, Nana Boakye explained that they understand the conditions of the service personnel.
“We are however pleading with them to bear with us as we will soon release the payment of the allowances”, he added.
Nana Boakye also added that the enrollment of service Personnel this year alone increased and that the secretariat must be able to work out the payment for all the enrolled.
“They should bear with us we will soon pay them”, he reiterated.