We’ve not been paid since January 2022 – Youth in Afforestation beneficiaries cries
Youth in Afforestation program participants have urged the government to give them their eight-month-old payments.
On August 1, members of the organisation went on indefinite strike in order to seek the release of their frozen funds.
They claim that, after holding multiple meetings with stakeholders to demand their arrears, their concerns have yet to be addressed.
Ernestina Nyarko, the group’s national secretary, has been telling Citi News about the tremendous hardships that some of the recipients have had as a result of the situation.
“We have not been paid since January.” It’s incredibly upsetting and challenging for all of us. I can state unequivocally that they travel large distances to work. “People are being evicted from their homes because they can’t pay their rent,” she lamented.
In 2018, the Youth in Afforestation initiative was formed in response to the government’s commitment to reforestation, forest restoration, and forest conservation operations.
The program serves around 100,000 people across the country.
The Forestry Commission guaranteed recipients of the youth in afforestation program that their debts would be reimbursed.
However, the workers continue to protest that their allowances have not been paid. Some of their members, they claim, are owing up to 10 months in arrears.
The organization has requested that its approximately 45,000 members lay down their tools to hammer home their demands.