YEA suspends payment of ‘allawa’ to officers
The Youth Employment Agency (YEA) has suspended payment of allowances to its management and board members.
Board chairman, Sammy Awuku, who revealed this on Adom TV’s Morning Show, “Badwam” Wednesday, says the decision is to enable YEA to investigate some irregularities by the Mahama-led administration.
He said the decision was taken at the second meeting of YEA.
“No management or YEA or board member takes sitting allowance. We have suspended some aspects of our conditions of service, especially the sitting allowance because there are so many things that need to be reviewed before any such payment can be made,” he said.
According to him, the board realized that there were over 2,000 people on the beneficiary payroll who received allowances with no work done while others who have been working since May 2016, received no allowance.
The YEA, he said, has been in the news for wrong reasons due to what he describes as chronic capitalism, looting of public funds and exploitation under the previous government.
He said it was time pragmatic measures were taken to save the reputation of the agency, adding that the suspension of payment of sitting allowance will save the agency and the Ghanaian taxpayer money.
“Until we review the conditions of service and take into consideration drivers, who we think are working more than their hours, no member of YEA will take sitting allowances,” he added.