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Peace Council members in the Northern Region cry for their unpaid allowances even as they claim many of the conflicts in the region have been resolved through their actions

Some peace council members within the Northern Region have lamented over their unpaid quarterly allowances owed them since 2019 till date.

According to some of the aggrieved members that spoke to Diamond news under condition of anonymity, they haven’t enjoyed their allowance since 2019, whiles others complain that they only received two months allowance since they were sworn into the council in 2014.

Disclosing their ordeal further, most regional peace council members claimed that despite the fulfillment of their obligations by resolving 95% of conflicts in the region, the government has failed to pay them their stipends for the past year thereby subjecting them to financial hardships.

According to them, engagements with the Northern Regional executives of the peace council regarding their plight had yielded no results except promises.

They expressed disappointment and dissatisfaction in the regional and national executives for paying deaf ears to their concerns. They stressed that they should be given their due having been working for months without any allowances.

Since 2019 we haven’t received our quarterly allowances. We use our little monies to go around and resolved conflict issues within the region. Many of us are pensioners with families and other dependents. In fact, we are really suffering and with COVID-19, we are appealing to government through the Ministry of Interior to come to our aid with our allowances,” a member lamented.

Meanwhile the Northern Regional Executive Secretary of the Peace Council, Rev. Father Thaddeus Kuusah, who initially declined to comment on the matter, later described the action by the members of the council as unfortunate stating public institutions in the country haven’t received their quarterly allowance and so the situation wasn’t only peculiar to the peace council.

“Am surprised about their actions they are matured enough to know the process, why are they running to the media, and it is not true that over one year they haven’t received their allowances,” he stated.

Story By: Alhassan Yakubu

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