Government begins payment of book and research allowance

Speaking in an interview with Pulse.com.gh, the Public relations officer, PRO of the Ministry of Education, Mr. Francis Gbadago said there is no cause for alarm as monies have so far been released for payment of their allowances.

Minister of Education, Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang

Government has began processes for the payment of book and research allowances for members of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG).

This follows a threat by UTAG members to strike over their unpaid allowances.

The University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) had earlier this week given government up to Friday, October 23, to release their book and research allowance.

According to the President of UTAG, Dr. Samuel Ofori Bekoe, there is no sign from government that their allowances will be paid despite suspending their strike in August based on promises from government.

But speaking in an interview with Pulse.com.gh, the Public relations officer, PRO of the Ministry of Education, Mr. Francis Gbadago said there is no cause for alarm as monies have so far been released for payment of their allowances.

"We have paid the first and second batches. We have 22 institutions, their cheques are ready to receive from the National Council for Tertiary Education. They have also been informed adequately to come for their cheques. The Controller and Accountant General is currently working on the third batch", he said.

Mr Gbadago added that the Ministry of Finance will continue to process payment for the outstanding allowances.

The UTAG president, Dr. Bekoe had earlier in an interview with Uniiq Fm, accused government of employing delay tactics to frustrate members.

According to him, strange processes have been added to the procedure in which the money goes through before final payment is made.

“We believe that it’s just a way of buying time in processing the money because if they were bent on paying us, they would have done so by last week but the way things are going now, there is no sign that they are going to pay,” he added.

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