John Dramani Mahama is calling on President Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia to honour their promise of paying nursing trainees their allowance.
Nursing and teacher trainees were given allowances to cushion them during their studies in school. The practice which had existed for some years was abrogated by then President Mahama before the 2016 elections.
He had explained that the payment of the stipend was hampering the government’s efforts to make more admissions into the various institutions because many who qualified were denied entry after applying.
To curb denying many the opportunity to gain admission into the teacher and nursing trainee institutions, the Mahama government discontinued the stipend disbursement to increase enrollment.
But in the runup to the 2016 elections, then candidate Akufo-Addo promised to restore the allowance for the trainees.
Meanwhile, for two years now, the nurses are complaining of not receiving a pesewa from the government.
John Mahama, who is also flag bearer for the NDC in the 2024 elections, during his ‘Building Ghana Tour’ in the Bono region said the nurses have been complaining of not getting the allowance as promised by government and called on the President and the Vice to redeem their promise.
“Nana Addo and Bawumia said they will pay the allowances, I beg you, Nana Addo and Bawumia if you’re hearing me, we are here in Krobo Nursing Training School, they say two years now you haven’t paid them their allowances, let the allawa come,” he said.
He continued that those promises were part of the deceit the NPP preached to Ghanaians to get to power only to do otherwise.
He bemoaned the extravagant lifestyles being exhibited by government officials whilst people are finding it difficult to make ends meet.
Mr. Mahama cautioned his next administration to desist from such acts should the NDC be given the mandate by Ghanaians.
“This time the lies won’t work. This time the propaganda won’t work. This time the deception won’t work. This time the dishonesty won’t work.
“The people elected you to serve them not to lord it over them. And so one of the things we don’t want to see in the next NDC government, we don’t want to see arrogance. The people are suffering and so you must be moderate.
“We don’t want to see people driving Rolls Royces and things when people cannot get food,” he cautioned.