Beneficiaries of the Youth in Afforestation programme have threatened to steer clear of the December 7 general elections if government does not provide better working services for them.
According to them, government takes delight in their services, yet, has failed to provide solutions to their plights.
General Secretary for the Youth in Afforestation, Charles Oppong, noted with worry how the major political parties ignored them in their manifestos, hence their reason not to vote.
“Both the NPP and NDC didn’t talk about us in their manifestos but the government keeps riding on our achievements during occasions; Now, we hear the government has made some of the NaBCo beneficiaries permanent and is about to increase their allowance,” he lamented.
In an interview with UniversNews, he indicated that government has been ignoring their petitions and demonstrations for the past two years.
On that score, he said they will no longer resort to the use of demonstrations, because anytime they do, “they release police on us…we are about 54,000 and we will not vote this coming elections if nothing is done to solve our issues.”
He stated that since flagbearers of the NDC and NPP have vowed to improve the services of NABCO employees, YIA beneficiaries also deserve fair treatment.
The Youth in Afforestation is also demanding the government to increase their allowance which was slashed from GH¢1,200 to GH¢700.
“The Forestry Commission sent us a letter indicating our allowance has been reduced from 1,200 to 700 and the reason for such improvement was that NaBCo beneficiaries are degree and HND holders just like some of us in Youth in Afforestation, so, they are going to pay us like NaBCo.”
In a press statement issued by the Youth, they added that “even though HND holders in NaBCo are receiving GH¢700 in NaBCo, HND holders in Afforestation are being paid GH¢600.
Story by: Diana Nutsugah | universnewsroom.com