By: Emelia Essumanba- Josiah- Daily Express
National Service Personnel have resorted to demonstration to demand the payment of their revised allowances following an announced by the outgone NDC government in December 2016.
They are agitated about the fact that an approved increase of their monthly allowance from GHC 350 to GHC559 did not reflect in their January allowance as expected.
President of the National Service Personnel Association in the Greater Accra region, Kojo Danquah said the personnel will hit the streets if talks with government fail.
“The allowance was supposed to have taken effect January 1, 2017, we waited patiently and we went to the bank at the end of the month, to our surprise we were paid the initial amount of ghc350.00 which were paid to us over the years.
According to Kojo Danquah, for the past three to four years there hasn’t been any increment in the allowances of National service personnel notwithstanding, high utility bills, inflation and high cost of living. He narrated that if there has been an approval of increment then that increment must be given to out and they are planning to meet all necessary stakeholders involved and if it includes hitting the street, they will.
One of the lead petitioners who called for a raise in the allowance and is currently serving the country, Steven Senyo Tetegah said that the leaders of the Secretariat and Government has disrespected and disregarded Personnel.
“We Service personnel think that we have been disrespected and disregarded. There was neither communication nor explanation as to the non- implementation of the increment. It is not fair, no concern or care was attached to this by the Secretariat and the Government. They could have called us to let us know this was going to happen”, he expressed.
According to him, they started a strong advocacy for an increment from June 2016. The increment which they hoped would begin in September 2016 was scheduled for January 2017; because by January 2017, the petition would have gone through the NSS, the Fair wages and Salary Commission and finally to the Ministry of Finance. So the processes were finalized and that was how come it was announced in December 2016.
President of the National Service Personnel Association in the Greater Accra region urged all service personnel to maintain their calm as they are working hard to resolve matters.