Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs Minister Ebenezer Kojo Kum has denied claims of asking Nation Builders Corps trainees at his Ministry to vacate their post.
This issue is stemming from a purported letter from the Ministry asking the NABCo trainees to leave their post as their contract had ended. Interestingly though the letter was dated January 21 2021, it was minuted and referred for action in 2022.
But the Minister has debunked the notion stating that the said letter should be disregarded. He then explained that his Ministry does not have the power to remove NABCo trainees from their posts.
“Our Ministry is not the employer of the NABCo trainees. The NABCo trainees are employees who were employed by the NABCo secretariat and posted to one ministry. So if there is any entity or authority to either engage or depose them, it is the NABCo secretariat”, parts of the letter read.
Concerning what happens to the trainees at the Ministry, the Minister assured that opportunities exist at the Chieftaincy Ministry for them.
He noted that the creation of the six new regions in 2019 is a window of employment for these trainees. This according to him is because the new regions will call for the creation of six Regional Houses of Chiefs which will require staffing.
According to the Minister, the NABCo trainees would be the most suitable employees to be considered if the Civil Service wants to recruit people for the Regional House of Chiefs because they have gathered experience working with the Chieftaincy Ministry for the past three years.
However, the legislator for the Effutu constituency, Alexander Afenyo-Markin has asked the trainees whose allowances have been in arrears for at least four months to exercise patience while the government takes steps to pay them.