‘We cannot pay September/October Allowances due to NABCO introduction’ – National Service Secretariat
A press release dated on October 22, 2018, from the National Service Secretariat stated clearly said, the 2018/2019 National Service Allowances for September will not be paid.
According to close sources, the reason for this declaration was that the Government of Ghana had diverted funds for September allowances to pay newly-recruited NABCO personnel.
We all recall clearly, during the beginning of 2017/2018, the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo – Addo launched the Nation Builders’ Corps – a short introduced program to support unemployed graduates in the country.
NABCO, which raised numerous questions as to the sustainability of the program, its effectiveness and how dependent it could be to the Ghanaian Unemployed graduate – was testified by the opposition NDC government.
National Service personnel currently earn GHc559 per month after it was increased from the previous year’s figure of GHc350 by the previous Mahama led government.
The press release, which is being broadcasted through audio format stated..’ all affected immediate national service personnel is to remain patient and we urge them to co-operate with the staff of the Scheme. We had to take this timely decision to help our unemployed graduates’.
It will be recalled that the Payment of allowances to 2013/2014 National Service Personnel was suspended earlier that year to enable the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) undertake a thorough review of the NSS payment process.
A leading development and energy consultant, Alhaji Haruna Rashid Ibrahim, told African Eye Report that; “when one drills down and questions the assumptions that form the basis for NABCO, it becomes clear that NABCO is just one more New Patriotic Party (NPP) government attention-grabbing initiative that scratches the surface but does not solve the core problem of graduate unemployment” in the country.
He noted that the erstwhile J.A. Kufuor government, which was also from the NPP tradition, had a litany of such programmes which implementation resulted in ineffective problem resolution.
Alhaji Ibrahim mentioned Metro Mass, School Feeding programme, National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Single Spine Salary, among others to support his argument.
“We all know what’s happening to the Free Senior High School (SHS) being implemented by the current government,” he added.
“For an unemployed graduate, the prospect of learning some new skills, expanding your network, and earning GHC700 a month is no-brainer. But is NABCO sustainable?”