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Over 2,000 NaBCO employees to be removed from programme

BY: George Folley

Some 2,105 employees of the Nation Builders Corps (NaBCo) are to be removed from the programme because they are already employed in other state agencies.

The are said to have been already enrolled on programmes such as the Youth Employment Agency (YEA), the National Service Secretariat (NSS), the Youth in Afforestation, the Ministry of Health nursing training institutions among others.

The Minister of Information, Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah who made this known at a press conference over the weekend said such persons will be exited from the programme.

He noted also that over 1,000 employees have also stated their intention to exit the programme.

"The secretariat informs us that such persons will be exited from the programme. Additionally, since October 2018 a total of 1,098 have also notified the secretariat of their intention to exit to other employment schemes,” he said.

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Mr Nkrumah said those voluntary exits were expected to continue as the government continued to recruit into the public service, saying that "will create more vacancies on the NaBCo roll and will give the secretariat room to take on board persons who are on the waiting list and have not been placed yet".

"It is for this reason that even after placing the first batch of 100,000 beneficiaries, others were left on a waiting list. Those on this waiting list will be placed as vacancies open up,” he stated.

Mr Nkrumah further noted that government has resolved the stipend payment challenges that affected some members of the Nation Builders Corps (NaBCo), paving the way for payments to be effected this week.

He said the NaBCo Secretariat ran into some challenges in paying about 18,001 beneficiaries due to inaccurate data input into its database.

“The difficulties encountered called for a halt in further processing of the payroll for the data sets to be corrected. Indeed, the NaBCo Secretariat sent messages to beneficiaries to correct their data for them to be re-keyed into the system,” he said.

He said 9,235 beneficiaries had now corrected their data and would be paid this week.

He added that their December and regular stipends had also been programmed to be paid immediately afterwards.

According to the Information Minister, another 8,766 still had outstanding data issues and had been encouraged to correct their data, as requested in messages sent to them, so they could be paid as soon as possible.

Mr Oppong  Nkrumah said NaBCo stipends for 2018 were fully funded in the 2018 budget and payments commenced for about 77,907 beneficiaries.

However, some unfortunately did not receive their stipends, for various reasons.

Last week, some NaBCo beneficiaries complained of not receiving their monthly stipend of GH¢700, even as their colleagues on the same programme had received theirs.

Those difficulties, he said, necessitated a halt in further processing the payroll for the data sets to be corrected.