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An official communique released 03/02/2020 by the coalition of NABCO Trainees (CONAT) and copied to various stakeholders has hinted on a possible strike action which will soon take effect 7th February, 2020 if the government fails to pay them.
In their statement, they said, NABCO is not a favour to graduates. They highlighted on the irregular pattern of how their monthly salaries are paid which has brought hardship on them.
The communique reads;
“NABCO IS NOT A FAVOR TO GRADUATES, WE WON’T COMPROMISE OUR DEMAND FOR REGULAR ALLOWANCES WITH POLITICKING”. Message from NABCO TRAINEES TO CEO.
We wish to emphatically state that, we are much displeased with the recent statement made by the CEO of Nabco, Dr Ibrahim Aynars on Radio Tamale 91.7FM in connection with the grievances of we the beneficiaries of the Nation Builders Corps requesting for regular payment of our monthly allowance and rescuing our colleagues who are highly indebted due to the various unpaid arrears in the scheme.
In an interview sighted on Radio Tamale 91.7 FM, the CEO explicitly queried beneficiaries accounting for delays of allowances that “if Nabco wasn’t there what was delaying?”.
Inasmuch as we the beneficiaries admit very appreciative to His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa for this Flagship initiative been ad-hoc intervention which addressed our unemployed situation, we solemnly maintain the position that Nabco initiative is not a favor to us, it is the current government’s partial fulfillment of the numerous promises made to graduates which captivated us to rally behind them, unseat the previous government and bring them to power.
Hence, we won’t countenance any circumstance of Management or stakeholders politicking and repugnant references on our unemployed situation under ertswhile government respect to our concerns on irregular payment of allowances and unpaid arrears visiting untold hardship on Trainees. Our engagement with Nabco has entangled us with so many responsibilities particularly payment of rents, utility bills, transportation to our individual work place and other expenses which have been problematic due to the irregular allowances payment and staggered arrears backlog. We are working assiduously and must be paid our entitlements without undue delays.
Again, the Coalition wishes the CEO farewell on his bid for Tamale Central Parliamentary Seat, although it has been our utmost concern that managing NABCO with a community encapsulating 100,000 graduates is equally important as being an MP. We believe that Dr Ibrahim Anyars should have concentrated on building a successful and sustainable Nabco to gain grounds before going back to his political ambition. As it stands now Nabco initiative is in ramshackle state, a lot of Trainees haven’t been paid arrears due them, poor monitoring on Trainees Welfare at the various institutions, and many more implementational glitches which need uninterrupted attention and tutelage.
We will take this opportunity to crave the indulgence of all stakeholders to intervene in order that the abhorrent working conditions of we Nabco Trainees would be ameliorated.
OUR DEMANDS ARE….
1. ALL UNPAID AREAS FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE PROGRAM TILL DATE SHOULD BE PAID .
2. REGULARISE OUR PAYMENT AS IT IS ATTESTED BY THE LABOUR ACT PART 1X
3. Failure to pay all our arrears by 7th February will result to MEGA DEMONSTRATION.
By Coalition NABCO Trainees