Youth in Afforestation program participants around the nation have started an indefinite strike on August 1 in order to demand payment of their six-month allowance arrears.
They claim that despite holding numerous meetings with stakeholders to demand arrears, their problems have still not been resolved.
“Our underpaid allowances are the cause of everything. The government hasn’t given us our allowances for the past six months. We have had a number of talks with the Ministry of Finance and the Lands and Natural Resources Ministry” the National President of the Youth in Afforestation Ghana, Rev. Clement Asare, told the media.
The administration met with the employees last week, but according to Rev. Clement Asare, “we did not hear any real promises from them that they were going to pay us or tomorrow.”
He emphasized that the walkout would continue until the workers’ allowances were paid.
The government reportedly pushed the workers to keep working while the debts are resolved, but the Youth in Afforestation rejected the deal, according to Rev. Asare.
“We’re still at it. Without money, we are unable to go to work. Even our means of transportation to work is nonexistent”, he claimed.
In keeping with the government’s commitment to reforestation, forest rehabilitation, and forest conservation, the Youth in Afforestation program was launched in 2018.
The Youth in Afforestation program was introduced in 2018, keeping with the government’s dedication to reforestation, forest rehabilitation, and forest protection.
The International Monetary Fund’s limitation on hiring in the public sector is one of the reasons why NaBCo was created: it aims to address issues facing important areas of the economy while also giving job opportunities to graduates who are now unemployed (IMF).
President Akufo-Addo started the program as part of the government’s plan to give the nation’s unemployed graduates jobs.