NABCO Beneficiaries Threaten Court Action Over Unpaid Allowances
Nation Builders Corps (NABCO) Trainees have given the government a month’s ultimatum to fulfill its financial obligations to its members.
This comes after the NABCO program officially ended on Wednesday, August 31, 2022.
Meanwhile, the program which was launched in 2018 for a three-year period was extended in 2021.
The beneficiaries say the non-payment of the allowances largely began with the extension.
Patron of the Coalition, Nana Barimah said they will take legal action against the government if the ultimatum passes.
“In as much as the government didn’t specify any timelines for which trainees should be expecting payment, the government is unprepared to pay NABCO trainees. We anticipate foul play and neglect of payment, so we have given the government a one-month window. If September ends, and we are not paid, we don’t have any other option than to drag government to court.”
Beneficiaries have already served notice of embarking on yet another demonstration on Tuesday, September 6, 2022, at the environs of the Jubilee House.
In a press statement issued on August 29, signed by the National President, Dennis Opoku Katakyie, the NABCO Trainees Association said the ultimatum given to the government to respond favorably to their petition received on August 18 has expired.
“Following the recent demonstration at the Independence Square on the 18th of August 2022, for which a petition detailing the grievances of NABCO trainees was received by the Deputy Chief of Staff, Mr. Emmanuel Adumua-Bossman, on behalf of the Vice President, H.E. Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, a time window which fell on the 26th August 2022 was given to the government with the hope of receiving a positive response to the petition.”
“The expiration of the ultimatum has been exceeded by three (3) days. As we already know, NABCO trainees are only two days away from their exit date, 1st September 2022, which was succinctly announced by the Finance Minister in his budgetary review reading”, the statement added.
The Association maintains that, on the day of phase 2 of their demonstration, if their 10 months of unpaid stipends are not paid to them, they won’t leave the premises of the Jubilee House.
“The undertone of the silence by government in relation to our petition defines, undeniably, a great sense of uncaring attitude, which further languishes trainees’ welfare”.
The Association is calling on all NABCO trainees across every corner of the country to converge at the capital city, Greater Accra for the ending at the Jubilee House which commences from, Obra Spot.