Houthis: Unjustified deductions from teachers' incentives by UNICEF

Sana'a (Debriefer)
2019-05-14 | Since 3 Month

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The Houthis group (Ansar Allah) accused the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) of"unjustified deductions" of monetary incentives for school teachers in areas under the group's control.

The Ministry of Education in the government of the "Salvation" of the Houthis group in Sana'a on Monday expressed "displeasure of the unjustified financial cuts carried out by UNICEF of monetary incentives for teachers."

According to Houthi-run "Saba" news agency the head of the Audit Committee of the Technical Committee for the Management and Implementation of the Monetary Incentive Program, Khalid Ibrahim, confirmed that "the Central Emergency Committee of the Ministry requested in a memorandum addressed to the Resident Representative UNICEF in Sana'a to review these deductions and work to return them to beneficiaries urgently."

Ibrahim explained that the ministry received a lot of communications and complaints from all the targeted provinces on the first day of the financial exchange for the second session, which showed a large discount on beneficiaries without any justification for the process of discount, which amounted to a maximum incentive incentive for a full month, noting that many beneficiaries of the cash incentive program were awarded one month vouchers, but were surprised that there is no evidence at the points of payment.

Undersecretary of the Ministry expressed surprise at this procedure for UNICEF because this is not the competence of the verification bodies of the United Nations, but the competence of the ministry. UNICEF and its verification committees have taken responsibility for bypassing the ministry's authority to carry out these deductions. "In the interest of those who do these deductions?"

"These deductions were made unilaterally by UNICEF without notice to the ministry and were not part of the approved disbursement mechanism, so the organization should find a quick solution to return all antitrust to its beneficiaries," Ibrahim demands UNICEF.

There was no comment or clarification from UNICEF about the charges of the Houthi official until the time of writing.

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) announced on March 1 that the $ 70 million grant from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates has been launched under the project to support cash incentives for teachers and school staff in Yemen in schools located in the Houthis- In northern Yemen.

UNICEF has pledged that "the cash incentive project for teachers and school staff will pay monthly incentives for the entire school year."

A source familiar with the "Debriefer" news agency that UNICEF has deducted about 10 million dollars from the grant Saudi Arabia as an operational expenses, which caused the decline in the amount received by eligible teachers and school staff.

Hadi government pledged as it decided to transfer the central bank to Aden by paying the salaries of all state employees, but it failed to refrain from implementing its commitments. Prior to that, the bank paid the salaries of state employees in all governorates despite it was under the control of the Houthis.

Yemen has been battered by a five-year armed

conflict the internationally recognised government backed by a Saudi-led Arab coalition and the Iran-backed Houthis. The conflict has resulted in the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

The two sides signed the Stockholm Agreement during UN-sponsored peace talks in Sweden in December. The implementation of the agreement should have started in January.

Yemen 4-year war has left most of the population in need for a type of humanitarian aid and immediate protection, including 14 million people risking famine and some 1.8 million children suffering malnutrition.

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