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EMPLOYEES OF the National Youth Employment Scheme (NYEP) in the Tano South District of the Brong Ahafo Region are said to be facing difficulties in making ends meet due to the failure by the scheme managers to pay their allowances.

DAILY GUIDE gathered that the NYEP beneficiaries have not been paid their salaries since June, a situation the employees described as very worrisome and unacceptable. The situation is such that the employees have resorted to borrowing monies from money lenders who have subjected them to consistent harassment due to their inability to pay back the monies.

The employees say their attempt to raise the issue has been met with threats of dismissal by the authorities; hence everybody was afraid to comment on the matter as they continue to work on empty stomachs.

A health assistant at the Bechem Hospital accused the district officer of doing little to secure money to pay them but was rather bent on sacking all those who asked for their allowances. She therefore appealed to the government to do everything possible to release funds to pay them, including the arrears.

An official who spoke to DAILY GUIDE under the condition of anonymity said the scheme managers are finding it very difficult to pay the huge outstanding allowances of the employees as funds were not forthcoming.

In his view, the over politicization of the whole programme by the ruling NDC government has been a major cause of the current financial crisis the scheme operators are facing in running the programme.

The officer said upon assumption of office, the government decided to sack all the managers of the scheme and brought its own supporters to manage affairs. “However, most of these party people brought in turned to be square pegs in round holes. They don’t know much about the work”, the officer lamented.

He however assured the employees that the scheme managers are working around the clock to secure funds to pay all outstanding allowances due them before the year ends. The National Youth Employment Scheme was introduced by the erstwhile NPP administration where over 100,000 youth have been employed under the various modules of the scheme.

Source: dailyguideghana

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