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GHC35M RELEASED TO PAY NURSES’ ARREARS

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The government has released an amount of GHC35 million to pay arrears owed to trainee nurses across the country, according to Deputy Minister of Information Pius Enam Hadzide.

The government has released an amount of GHC35 million to pay arrears owed to trainee nurses across the country, according to Deputy Minister of Information Pius Enam Hadzide.

 

This follows mounting pressure on the Ministry of Health to pay allowance arrears to trainees.

Mr Hadzide confirmed that the Controller and Accountant General has released GHC35 million out of almost GHC60 million spent quarterly on paying trainee allowances.

Candour

He announced that the GHC25 million outstanding will be released in due course and assured all final-year students that they will be paid the three months’ arrears, covering April, May and June.

Trainee nurses currently pursuing courses would receive one month’s arrears, with the remaining two months to be cleared shortly, he said.

“I expect that by next week trainees would be smiling to the banks or wherever to receive their allowances,” Mr Hadzide said.

“I am impressed with their candour and I ask them to remain calm, as the government is moving at jet speed to resolve all challenges and to get Ghana working again after several years of mismanagement.”

The Deputy Minister added that processes are far advanced for new trainees recently admitted to training schools to receive their allowances in due course.

Scrapped allowances

In the run-up to the 2016 presidential elections, the New Patriotic Party promised to restore teachers’ and nurses’ trainee allowances scrapped by the previous government, a promise that was fulfilled in September 2017.

The delay in paying allowances has been due mainly to the fact that they were treated as a statutory payment, paid quarterly and in arrears.

This meant that allowance payments were made at the beginning of the following quarter, a situation which affected the timely release of monies to trainees.

In an attempt to resolve the delay and prevent further agitation among the trainees, the government has directed that the allowance be migrated from statutory payments to salaries and emoluments.

This will ensure that the allowances are paid monthly through the Controller and Accountant General and should put to rest the issue of delayed payments.

Promise kept

Upon assuming office in 2017, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo kept his promise and restored the allowances, effective from September last year.

Trainee nurses who had long complained about the hardships they faced without access to allowance payments were overjoyed.

The government is optimistic that the migration of the allowances will ensure uninterrupted study for trainee nurses across the country.