National Service Personnel Furious Over Govt's Neglect

by Israel Boafo Bansah

The 2016/2017 National service personnel across the country are very furious over what they describe as the neglect of the government to capture their concerns in the budget.
The service personnel are angry over what they say is a deliberate refusal by the ruling government to allocate funds for the payment of their allowance increment in the budget.
According to some sections of the service personnel, the government has deliberately refused to effect the national service allowance increment simply because it was announced be the previous government.
The NPP government verbally promised to allocate funds in the 2017 budget for the payment of the allowance increment which was announced in December of last year.
However, the national service personnel listened with great disappointments to the budget read by the Finance Minister which did not captured the allowance payment in any form.
While some service personnel believed their concerns may be addressed because the budget which was read on the floor of parliament is just a summary of what the whole budget may entitle, others are of the view that an immediate action is needed to put pressure of the government to take actions in addressing these concerns.
The former president John Dramani Mahama announced a 60% increment in the service allowance of all personnel across the country in December 2016.
This increment if effected will see the national service personnel receive an amount of Ghc 559.00 as their monthly allowance instead of the usual Ghc 350.00

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