Trainee Nurses embark on procession over restoration of allowances

| Updated Nov 26, 2017 at 5:59am



Photos by Isaac Asare/GBC.
Hundreds of students drawn from the various health training institutions in the Upper East Region have embarked on a procession to thank President Akufo-Addo for restoring the suspended trainee allowances.

The students made up of trainee nurses and some concerned health workers converged on a common ground and later took to the streets of Bolgatanga amidst brass band to express their appreciation to the President for honouring his campaign promise.

Majority were in possession of placards with inscription some of which read: "No Yawa Nana dey for you", "Nana we are proud of you", "Thank you Mr. President" and a host of goodwill messages.

The action by the students follows the payment of their trainee allowances which began in September.

The nurses’ trainee allowance was suspended by the previous administration in 2013.

However, President Akufo-Addo ahead of the 2016 general election, promised to restore the allowance and that of teachers.

In fulfillment of this campaign promise, President Akufo-Addo in October this year, held a grand durbar in the Brong Ahafo Regional capital Sunyani to launch the reintroduction of the trainee nurses allowances.

To this background, the over 58 thousand health trainees comprising nurses and midwives, had received their monthly allowances of Four Hundred and 50 Ghana cedis per person for 2017/2018 academic year.

The payment which took effect in September will be done in ten months for each academic year. The restoration of the allowances has since been met with deep appreciation from student bodies in the various health trainee institutions.

Beneficiaries have on various platforms showed gratitude to the President for restoring the allowances which according to them has come to lessen their financial burdens on their parents.

Latest to join the bandwagon are students of the various health training institutions in the Upper East Region.

Hundreds of students converged on a common ground at the St John’s Park in Bolgatanga to embark on a float in appreciation to President Akufo-Addo and the NPP administration for honouring their campaign promise.

Clad in their various school uniforms, the trainee nurses marched through the principal streets of Bolgatanga under heavy security watch and later assembled at the Jubilee Park for the climax of the event.

Some of the students that spoke to Radio Ghana said the successful restoration of the allowances has come as a great relief.

For them, the payment of the allowances will help them cater for their fees and other academic handouts.

They however, appealed to the government to ensure the continuous payment of the allowances.