The Eastern Regional Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress, Mr. Mark-Oliver Kevor has pooh-poohed the restoration of the nurse- trainee allowance which was launched by President Nana Akufo- Addo yesterday in Sunyani in the Brong Ahafo Region. He has described it as “insignificant” since this cannot help solve the nurse unemployed problem the restoration of the allowance will cause.
The nursing trainee allowance was scrapped by the erstwhile John Mahama administration in a bid to increase enrollment in the various nursing training colleges since the huge amount paid to trainees at the time prevented government from admitting more students and also to erect more facilities in order to be able to employ them after graduating from the various nursing training institutions. The decision was however reverted following a recommendation from a committee set up to investigate the issue which a system was put in place to make it easier for the students to access loans.
President Akufo-Addo then the flagbearer of the NPP promised in his campaign to fully restore the allowance which was successfully launched yesterday.
Speaking in an interview with Ghana Te Sen on Okwawu FM, an Nkawkaw based radio station; Mr. Mark-Oliver Kevor said the midwifery and nursing are specialized profession which needs a critical attention from the government since they cannot stay at home after receiving the training.
He said “if you train someone and you are unable to employ the person what is the significance? Pay the people well, reduce electricity tariffs and fuel prices as promised and the allowance will not mean anything to the trainees because parents can afford to pay for their wards.”
According to him, the government must be more concerned with building more hospitals, CHIPS compound and admit more students so that they can be assured of a job upon completion of their training.
“Politics is not about using all state resources to fulfill a campaign promise even if it will not do the country any good,” he said.
Mr. Mark-Oliver Kevor further said the step taken by the government makes no difference because the nursing students are paying more than GHC3,000 as fees and it is part of it that the government is using to pay the allowances a situation which according to him, can best be described as “ robbing Peter to pay Paul.”
Meanwhile the Former Municipal Chief Executive Officer of Ejisu Juaben, Hon. Kwaku Afrifa Yamoah Ponkoh commenting on the issue said politicians are persistently playing with Ghanaians since they keep wasting state resources to score cheap political points. He said the nurses who are happy about the restoration of the allowance have signed their “death warrant” since their job security is not assured after they complete school. He said the bonding system of nurses after completing school has been scrapped to give way to restore the allowance and this means the government has no contract with them in the area of job. “Truth be told, this government is wasting state resources all in the name of fulfilling campaign promises and this is taking the country off the track.” He added
Story by: Nana Yaa Amanfo/Okwawufm.com