Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Member of parliament for North Tongu, has fulfilled his promise of paying allowances to 45 Private school teaching and non-teaching staff in his constituency.
The lawmaker in a post on Facebook brought the plight of these individuals to the fore and promised to pay them for the month of May.
He said “I have been in touch with the leadership of the 45 private basic schools in my beloved constituency to find out how they are coping with the exigencies of the times and to express my solidarity. Sad to hear that unlike their counterparts in the public sector, teaching and non-teaching staff have not received salaries since March, thanks to COVID-19. In the unfortunate circumstances, I have notified the leadership of private schools of a new MP’s initiative to offer a cash compensation package to all 570 teaching and non-teaching staff at the end of this month (May). I am particularly delighted that I have also secured assurances that no teacher would be laid off in these difficult times. We are all in this together. We defeat COVID-19 together and we rise from the ashes together”.
Inline with a recent post shared on his social media platforms, the Member of Parliament said he has fulfilled his promise to workers of the various Private Schools in his constituency.
He indicated that he sought for funding from three places which include the MPs Common Fund, his personal funds and donation from well-wishers, family and friends.
He said “Promise Kept! We have this evening concluded direct cash transfers to 659 indomitable teaching and non-teaching staff in my beloved constituency. The figure comprises some 570 teaching and non-teaching staff from 45 private schools and 89 volunteer teachers in public basic schools who are not on Government payroll. This MP’s initiative to ameliorate the plight of private school teachers who have not received salaries since March due to the COVID-19 induced closure of schools has now been successfully implemented.
The source of funds for the intervention are as follows: MP’s Common Fund financed 30%; MP’s personal contribution 20%; MP’s fundraising efforts from donors accounted for the remaining 50%. I express my heartfelt appreciation to all those whose generosity have helped us make this initiative a resounding success. I am eternally indebted to my army of dedicated volunteers who authenticated the data and verified the MoMo transactions. May God bless every one of you greatly. As I have maintained – we are all in this together, we shall defeat COVID-19 together and like the Phoenix, we shall rise from the ashes together”.