Corporate Affairs and Media Relations Officer of the Forestry Commission, Mrs. Joyce Ofori Kwafo has revealed that the Forestry Commission, in a bid to encourage and get the best out of the beneficiaries of the Youth in Afforestation secured a loan facility to pay the first four months of the allowances of the beneficiaries.
According to her, since the program was new, government was yet to settle on the source of funding for the programme.
In an interview on Radio Univers’ Labour Front Show, Mrs. Joyce Kwafo explained that the decision by the Forestry Commission speaks volumes about how the outfit is concerned about the beneficiaries.
When they were employed in May, you know it’s a new program. Government would have to put things in place before they can release funds. Forestry Commission went to borrow money, quote me everywhere, Joyce Ofori Kwafo I am saying that Forestry Commission borrowed money to pay the beneficiaries for the first four months. So up to July we used loans to pay them because we were so much concerned” she noted.
Her comments come after some agitated beneficiaries of the Youth in Afforestation module of the Youth Employment Agency stormed the office of the Forestry Commission to demand the payment of their five months unpaid allowances.
On [August 13, 2018] President Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo, launched the Youth in Afforestation Programme (YAP) in Kumasi with which he called on the 20,000 youth engaged under the programme, to be industrious in the discharge of their responsibilities.
The President who addressed the beneficiaries mentioned that the programme was in line with government’s commitment to restore Ghana’s exhausted forest cover and a materialization of one of the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) cardinal campaign promises, indicating a strong commitment to reforestation, forest rehabilitation and forest protection.
Story by: Nicholas Brown/Universnewsroom.com