Beneficiaries of the Youth in Afforestation program placed at Royal golf park in the Ashanti region have reiterated the need for the government to pay them their 14 old months allowances.
Members of the group embarked in an interview with our reporter SARKODIE PEPRAH, today as part of efforts to demand the payment of their locked-up funds.
They say, although they have held several meetings with stakeholders to demand their arrears, their issues have not yet been addressed.
Branch leader Madam Esther Antwi has been narrating to newsplatformonline. com the severe hardship some of the beneficiaries have been subjected to as a result of the situation.
“For the past 14 months now, we have not been paid. It is really sad and very difficult for all of us. I can say on record that, they walk long distances to get to work. People are also being ejected from their houses because they can’t pay rent”, she decried.
The Youth in Afforestation programme was launched in 2018 in line with the government’s commitment to reforestation, forest rehabilitation and forest protection activities.
There are about 100,000 beneficiaries of the programme across the country.
The group had insisted that its members will also lay down their tools to drum home their demands.