The beneficiaries of NaBCo who were engaged in the Youth In Afforestation programme, will stage a protest to demand for their allowances.

Four months into the programme, the recruits have not been paid but the government claimed they have received their stipends regardless.

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Spokesperson for the Disgruntled NaBCo recruits, Ellen Acheampong said they have worked in various fields for the past four months without any stipend.

She said efforts to get the government to pay their arrears have proved futile, hence the planned demonstration.

In an interview on Accra FM, she noted that most of the affected recruits were previously engaged under the Youth In Afforestation programme and were receiving their allowances promptly from the Forestry Commission.

NABCO recruits march last October
NABCO recruits march last October

However, the recruits said their living conditions have been worse off after resigning from the afforestation programme to join NaBCo.

She stated that "The only language the government will understand now is a demonstration. And, so, we are demonstrating tomorrow to send a message to the government in respect of our issues.

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"For the past four months, we have not been paid salary. How do they expect us to live our lives? We were paid on time when we were with the Youth In Afforestation under the supervision of the Forestry Commission but the story is not the same since we joined NaBCo."

Public Relations Officer of the Forestry Commission, Joyce Ofori Kwafo confirmed their resignation and said: "All of them submitted their resignation letters and, so, we have no engagement with them."