Scores of personnel from the Youth in Afforestation Programme today, Tuesday, December 18, 2018 massed up at the Forestry Commission to demand their allowances.
The beneficiaries who have since August not received their salaries are demanding for full payment of their arrears before the end of the year.
They also asked for the removal of Chief Executive Officer of the Forestry Commission, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, over what they described as empty promises to pay them.
But Mr. Kwadwo Afriyie popularly known as Sir John assured beneficiaries of the Youth in Afforestation that their five months unpaid allowances will be paid before the close of tomorrow, 19th December, 2018.
This is however not the first time they have stormed the office for payment of their salaries. A similar action was taken in September where they were assured of payment in a couple of days but that did not materialized.
However addressing the angry youth, Mr. Kwadwo Afriyie assured that their allowances due them will be paid right away.
“By the close of the day today and tomorrow you’ll have your monies in your e-zwich accounts. If you don’t get your monies tomorrow, come back here. And that is to assure you that the Ministry of Finance has released monies for your allowance”.
“These are not monies coming from my pocket and the Ministry of Finance did release monies for us last week. The money went to the Controller and Accountant General’s department, and we have had to push for the Controller to release the monies to us and we have given the monies to our bank to pay into your e-zwich accounts. The monies were paid yesterday, and so, by close of work today and tomorrow you’ll get your monies and we’re paying one month…”