From the Forestry Commission (FC) are unfortunate tales of beneficiaries of the Youth in Afforestation programme, who have not been paid their allowance for the past six month.
There have threatened to embark on to embark on a sit-down strike from today, October 08, 2018, to register their displeasure over delays in payment of their accumulated allowances.
Hardly a week passes without reports of one workers union or another threatening to embark on strike.
At the root of the recurring threat of strike is the nagging issue of Monkey dey work, Baboon dey chop.
A month never passes with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Forestry Commission, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, affectionately called Sir John, is collecting his salary every month and yet the people, who patrol our forest and are at the mercy of reptiles, galamsey operators and illegal loggers, are denied their pittance at the end of the month.
This is a matter of regret that despite the rising cost of living, young men and women, can work for six months, without their allowances.
This newspaper appeals to the government to as a matter of urgency rectify this anomaly, which is becoming disincentive for others to want to join any of their flagship programmes.
The president on October 17, is expected to outdoor the beneficiaries of the Nation Builders’ Corps programme.
NABCO beneficiaries number about 100, 000, how can a government that is not able to pay allowances of 2000 beneficiaries under the Youth in afforestation, cater for almost 100,000 people.
It is against this backdrop that, we urge government to come up with funding options, so as not have a ticking time bomb on our hands.
The government will always claim that it is on top of the situation, until we find ourselves with a threat of strike.
If Sir John, has any modicum of compassion, he would forgo his salary, until the 2000 youth, get their accumulated allowance.