BY PHILIP ANTOH
THE DEPUTY Public Relations Officer (PRO) of GCB Bank Limited, Mr Emmanuel Kwarteng, has assured all National Service Personnel serving under the bank that his outfit is going through the process to pay the increment on service allowance announced by the government in April.
Mr Kwarteng’s assurance followed agitations among service personnel serving with GCB that the bank had refused to pay them increment announced by the government in April to take effect from that same month.
According to him, there is an ongoing process which commenced a few days ago after they received an official communiqué from the National Service Secretariat.
Mr Kwarteng said the process might have delayed because as an institution, “we don’t just take information from the media or other platforms but rather deal with official communication such as letters and communiqués.”
The DAILY HERITAGE sighted a document from the National Service Secretariat to the GCB Bank authorising them to pay every service person the GHȼ 559.00, including an increment of GH¢209. The document was dated May 22, 2017, implying that the delay could not have come from the bank.
“We just received a communiqué from the service secretariat on May 22, eight days ago, and because it has to go through a process there was no way to pay them this month,” he stated.
The Deputy PRO further revealed that the bank always paid more than the stipulated allowance for service personnel such that while the government was paying GHȼ350.00, the bank was giving its personnel GHȼ 420.00.
Earlier, service personnel working with the GCB Bank expressed their displeasure to the paper over refusal of the bank to pay them the increment announced by government while other sectors had already paid.
The personnel alleged that their checks at the service secretariat revealed that it had already issued a communiqué to all institutions and agencies to pay the new service allowance of GH¢ 559.
Mr Kwarteng assured all personnel working under the bank that it would pay them the needed increment and called on them to exercise some restraint as the bank goes through the process.