Some coordinators of Nation Builders Corps (NaBCo) have threatened not to validate payment of beneficiaries who may refuse to pay for the NaBCo cloth.
According to some applicants in the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), their coordinator has issued a threat message, “we will not accept any time sheet from any trainee without the uniform for the payment of May stipends. In other words, no trainees without the NaBCo uniform will be validated for payment of May stipends and beyond,” the message stated.
Explaining the situation to Ghanaown.com in Accra on Friday, an applicant who pleaded anonymity disclosed that female applicants were to pay GH₵35 while their male applicants were to pay GH₵30.
He said the clothes were given to the district secretariat for free distribution but they do not know why the coordinators want to use it to extort money from them.
“We got dismayed when our coordinator demanded money for the sewing of the clothes which to us changed the whole distribution concept,” he said.
Mr Ransford Essuman, one of the beneficiaries lamented that it was quite alarming the rate people use their positions to intimidate others to engage in corrupt acts.
He observed that NABCO was a good initiative and charged authorities to beef up actions against corruption bedeviling the programme to give it a face lift.
On behalf of Ms Halimatu Mohammed, she said the sewing of the clothes by the district office shouldn’t be made mandatory, saying many applicants have relatives who are fashion designers and can sew for them for free.
She underscored the need for government to monitor various coordinators he employed to coordinate the affairs of the programme otherwise they would allow their human desires to lead them in making the policy a money making venture.
However, the case of applicants in Wa West was different; Mr Samuel Addie stated that the office demanded for Gh₵2 for transportation of the clothes from Regional capital to the district and the payment was not on mandatory basis.
“I paid only Gh₵2 on optional basis, those who were not having money were given the cloth without paying a dime,” he said.
For Tamale Metro, one of the beneficiaries said the coordinator demanded Gh₵10 from each applicant for the transportation of the clothes before the distribution of the clothes.
Any attempt to speak to the Coordinators of the Programme had proved futile as none were willing to grant interview to the site.