Demo Hits Ajumako GYEEDA
The angry beneficiaries, numbering about 71, would soon embark on a demonstration to express their displeasure over the issue.
Some National Democratic Congress (NDC) members in the area have vowed to support the disgruntled beneficiaries to demonstrate.
According to the NDC members, they would not allow some greedy executives to tarnish the image of the Mahama-led administration.
They disclosed these to DAILY GUIDE in an exclusive interview at Cape Coast in the Central Region.
The spokesperson for the group, who pleaded anonymity, said in March 2013 when they exited the programme as a result of the expiration of their contract, they were owed four months arrears.
The spokesperson added that somewhere in July and August 2013, 62 out of 95 teachers were paid under the teaching programme, 67 out of 105 health extension workers were paid while a total of 71 people were not paid.
The District Coordinator did not pay about 71 people because he said they vacated their post before the expected time, they noted.
They accused Mr Mensah of refusing to give the money to them and therefore charged the Bureau of National Investigation (BNI) to investigate the matter.
They alleged that the district coordinator had deposited the money into an account at a rural bank in the area.
‘Where is GH¢10,560.00 meant for 33 teachers he did not pay and the GH¢18,240.00 meant for 38 health extension workers as well as some one month allowance for all the over 200 beneficiaries,’ they questioned
When contacted, Mr Mensah denied allegations that he squandered the monies of the beneficiaries.
The District Coordinator disclosed that he refused to pay the money to the people upon instructions of the Regional Co-ordinator.
He added that most of the people vacated their post before the expected time and upon hearing that he ordered them to bring recommendation letters from their various workplaces before they would be paid.
‘Most of the people who were at post brought the letters and took their monies so I don’t understand why they are refusing to bring the letters and are threatening demonstration,’ he said
‘I have really opened an account with the Assinman Rural Bank with the name Suspense Account for GYEEDA and the money has been deposited into it so if they don’t come for it, it would be returned to government’s coffers,’ he stated.
From Sarah Afful, Cape Coast
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