General News of Saturday, 12 January 2013

Source: Daily Guide

Cops Cry Out Over Unpaid Allowances

Information reaching DAILY GUIDE indicates that over 200 police officers engaged during last year’s election in the Volta Region are yet to be paid their duty allowances.

According to them, several calls to the Volta Regional Police headquarters had proved futile as they were always given one excuse or the other. Checks in other regions indicated that the situation was the same across the country.

The officers expressed their displeasure over the delay in the payment of their allowances and wondered why out of the over 2000 men deployed theirs had not been paid.

Some of them also alleged that this was not the first time they were experiencing such a fate because in the 2008 elections, a similar stunt was pulled on them.

The situation comes as a surprise as the Interior Minister, William Kwesi Aboah, assured them prior to the elections that all rations and allowances had been catered for and that everyone would be sorted out if not before the elections, then immediately after the elections.

They noted that considering the places that some of them were posted to and the sacrifices they had to make, a delay in the allowance was untoward.

They therefore called on the Police Administration and the Interior Ministry to make everything possible to pay them their allowances.

When the Pay Master at the Volta Regional Police Headquarters, Chief Superintendent Francis Aggripa Oppong, was contacted, he confirmed the situation.

He however explained that the money was disbursed during and shortly after the elections. However, a few of the officers were not paid. As a result, a report and the names of such persons were forwarded to the Police Headquarters in Accra for further processing.

He believed that the transition process and the festivities might have slowed the processing of the necessary documents. Chief Supt. Aggripa Oppong was therefore hopeful that the allowance would reach his office for onward disbursement to the officers soon.