Thu. Dec 1st, 2022

Following reports of National Service Personnel not receiving their two (2) months allowances, the MP for North Tongu Constituency, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has decided to use his January and February salary to pay personnel assigned to various departments in his constituency.

He disclosed this in a Facebook post on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 when he made the announcement to the admiration of Ghanaians.

“Earlier today I donated my entire two-month salary as MP (January and February 2022) to the North Tongu National Service Scheme District Office as my modest contribution to help cushion the 87 national service personnel posted to my beloved constituency who have not received their allowances from government for some three months. The Scheme’s Director informs me all personnel have now received their direct MoMo transfers”, the MP wrote.

“I really wish I was in the position to do more to alleviate the plight of these dedicated personnel who gladly agreed to serve their country in my largely rural holy district”, he added.

“May I appeal to government to expedite action in paying all accumulated arrears owed our gallant but vulnerable national service personnel. In all sincerity, the paltry allowances of national service personnel shouldn’t be left out anytime monthly wages of public sector workers are processed for payment.”

About a week ago, citinewsroom.com published that some National Service personnel were calling on the scheme’s managers to pay their allowances that have been in arrears for about five months.

The story said the personnel revealed their allowances had not been paid since October last year.

According to them, even though the GH¢559 allowance is inadequate, an early disbursement would mitigate the economic hardship they are currently facing.

Some affected persons, who spoke to Citi News, explained that they are currently facing serious financial challenges because of the delay in payment of their allowances.

“From where I stay to where I was posted, the distance is far, and I pick three vehicles before I get to work. I started working in October [2021] and now we are in March, and I have not received any money from them,” one of the personnel lamented.

Another person said, “I haven’t received any allowance. I pick a car from the house to the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange and walk from there to my workplace. This is because if I take another car from the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange, it means I will not get money to pick a car back home. Getting money for basic things is now a problem.”

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