Beneficiaries of nursing trainee allowance part of those who ‘begged’ Mahama – Nursing College Management

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The Management of Nalerigu College of Nursing and Midwifery has exposed its students who joined a campaign platform to decry the worsening state of trainee nurses since the Former President John Mahama left office, ABC News can report.

The Management has indicated that the message the students tried to send across that the promise the government made to restore their allowances has failed is false and untrue.

Some students of the institution, including others ‘hired’ to pose as students of the College, have been captured in a video kneeling and wailing before Former President Mahama in a bid to apologise to him for voting him out of office.

The people involved in the activity held placards and papers with inscriptions like, “JM we are sorry, nurses need you back” at a durbar held by the Former President as part of his campaign tour of the North East Region and other newly created Regions.

Prior to the 2016 general elections, the issue about nursing trainee allowances became topical after the Mahama administration took a decision to scrap it.

Then-candidate Akufo-Addo promised to restore the allowance if given the nod by Ghanaians.

After assuming office in January 2017, following an emphatic victory in the 2016 polls, Akufo-Addo fulfilled his pledge to the nurses and restored the GHC400 allowances.

In a statement distancing itself from the actions of some of its students, Management of the College insisted it supports government’s policies geared towards the improvement of health institutions, students and the sector as a whole.

The Management also disclosed that contrary to the impression the students attempted creating, all students of the College have fully benefitted from the allowance.

“The incident took place at the Palace of the Overload of Mamprugu. These students were transported there without the knowledge and approval of Management. These students have benefitted fully from the training allowance, since its restoration by government. Some of the students in the nursing trainee uniforms are not known to be students of the institution” a statement issued by the College and sighted by ABC News emphasized.

“In the light of the foregoing, management wishes to state that the views and comments expressed by these individuals in nursing trainee uniform do not in any way represent the views and policy orientations of the institution and that of the generality of the students” the statement noted.

The Management of the College condemned the attempt to manipulate its students and take advantage of them for political gains and pledged to conduct investigations into circumstances leading to the incident to forestall any future occurrence of similar actions.

“In order to forestall a recurrence of this incident, the College has launched a full-scale investigation into the incident since there appears to be potential breaches of the student conduct codes/ rules and the regulations of the college” Management stressed.


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