We have not received our allowances despite Bawumia’s promises – Trainee Nurses

Based on Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia’s assurance—given after he was confronted by a trainee on a campaign tour—that their allowance arrears would be paid last week, nursing trainees anticipated receiving their money.

He immediately promised that he would bring up the issue with the minister of finance to make sure the trainees were paid. He revealed that funds had been released for the payments as of last Thursday at another event in a follow-up statement.

ances despite Bawumia’s promises – Trainee Nurses

However, the umbrella organization for aspiring nurses and midwives has disclosed that the funds are still not showing up in their accounts.The trainees of the Coalition of Concerned Nurses and Midwives released a statement on Monday, May 20.

The statement stated, “No payments have been made nor information on the disbursement process has been provided despite the Vice President’s announcement over nineteen days ago.”

“The government’s failure to address these arrears comprehensively continues to burden our future healthcare professionals.”

The coalition also pointed out that 177 million Ghana cedi announced by Dr. Bawumia is “woefully inadequate” to cater for the number of months owed them.”

“The recently released GHC117 million covers only 11.5% of the total arrears, which is woefully inadequate. Furthermore, 30% of the trainees, approximately 17,430 students, have never received any allowances. This group’s arrears alone amount to GHC209.16 million which is even more than the paltry Ghc177M.

“This calculation does not include the 30% of trainees who have never received any allowances, amounting to an additional GHC209,160,000. Therefore, the minimum total arrears required is GHC209.16 Million,” the statement added.

The Minister of Health, Bernard Okoe Boye has meanwhile assured that the government will eventually settle the arrears unlike the previous administration that totally abolished the payments.

Akosua Boatemaa

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