General News of Tuesday, 31 January 2017
The National Service Personnel Association (NASPA) has given government a one-week ultimatum to pay its members the approved allowances this month, lest it will embark on a nationwide demonstration against the government.
The association has expressed disappointment in the Akufo-Addo-led administration for ignoring the payment of the new pay structure of an amount of GHS 599.04 from an initial figure of GHS 350.00 for its members which should’ve taken effect, January 2017.
“We went to the bank only to realise that we are still taking the GHS 350.00.We are giving government a One-week ultimatum to give us our entitled GHS 559.04 that we work tirelessly to earn.We will stage a Nation Wide Demonstration to address our issues,” the group said in a statement released Monday, January 30, 2017.
The Mahama-led NDC administration increased the allowance for National Service personnel before leaving government.
According to a memo, signed on December 14, 2016, by the Chief Director of the Ministry of Finance, the new monthly allowance was quoted as 559.04 cedis.
This was a 209 cedi increase (representing a 40 percent rise) in the monthly allowances which until now was etched at 350 cedis effective January 1, 2017.