The issues of non-payment of allowances that have plagued the implementation of the Nations Builders Corps (NABCO) are just natural, management of the initiative has said.
According to the program’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr. Ibrahim Anyass, circumstances such as incomplete records on the part of some recruits genuinely hindered the payment process.
His explanation comes at a time where hundreds of beneficiaries of the program are threatening to hold protests again because they have not been paid for work done months after being enrolled on to the scheme.
Speaking on Eyewitness News, Dr. Anyass said complaints about the non-payment of allowances emanate from the usual mechanical hitches associated with the initial implementation of any particular support system.
Dr. Anyass also noted that despite these setbacks, all allowances due trainees are being paid. He added that the government does not have any outstanding arrears to settle the beneficiaries.
Some beneficiaries of NABCO say the initiative has significantly impacted their livelihoods and has adequately prepared them for the job market.
Aside from the positive testimonies, the non-payments of allowances continue to be one of the major challenges that beneficiaries of the program are saddled with.
Left with frustration, these trainees have usually used demonstrations to impress on the government to address their concerns.