|Dr. Anyars, CEO-NABCO|
The government of Ghana has stated that the Nation Builder’s Corps program has completed the resolution of challenges it encountered with processing of stipends for some 9,235 beneficiaries during payment of the November allowance of beneficiaries. Beneficiaries are therefore due to be paid this week.
It will be recalled that in the past week some beneficiaries have complained of non-receipt of their monthly stipend of 700 Ghana cedis even as their colleagues on the same program had received theirs.
But speaking at a press briefing at Koforidua over the weekend, the Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah stated that NABCO stipends for 2018 were fully funded in the 2018 budget and payments commenced for some 77,907 beneficiaries. However, some 18,001 beneficiaries unfortunately did not receive their stipends for various reasons.
Mr. Oppong Nkrumah said “the difficulties encountered called for a halt in further processing of the payroll for the data sets to be corrected. Indeed, the NABCO secretariat sent messages to beneficiaries to correct their data for it to be rekeyed into the system.”
“The secretariat informs us that 9,235 of them have now corrected their data and thus will be paid this week.”
Mr. Oppong Nkrumah said the December and regular stipends of beneficiaries are also programmed to be paid immediately afterwards.
He said “another 8,766 still have outstanding data issues and are encouraged to correct their data as requested of them in messages sent to them so they can be paid as soon as possible.”
2,105 Already Employed
Mr. Oppong Nkrumah said “some 2,105 have been found to be already employed on other government programs such as YEA, NSS, Forestry Commission Payroll, MOH Nursing Training Institution or already employed in other sectors”, adding that “the Secretariat informs us that such persons will be exited from the program.”
The minister stated that, since October 2018 a total of 1,098 have notified the secretariat of an intention to exit to other employment schemes. These voluntary exits are expected to continue as government continues to recruit into the public services.” This according to the minister “will create more vacancies on the NABCO roll and will give the secretariat room to onboard persons who are on the waiting list and have not been placed yet.”
Mr. Oppong Nkrumah added that after placing the first about 100,000 beneficiaries, others were left on a waiting list. Those on this waiting list who have not been placed may be placed as vacancies open up based on the aforementioned reasons.
“Being on the waiting list or even being placed does not mean a beneficiary is bonded as some have speculated. Entry onto and exit from the program is purely voluntary. NABCO encourages beneficiaries who desire to stay on the waiting list to indicate same on the NABCO recruitment platform online.” He concluded.