Disgruntled trainee nurses from Dunkwa On-Offin in the Central Region have massed up at the Independence Square in Accra in protest over unpaid allowances.
The trainee nurses, numbering about 500, are demanding payment of their three-year allowance and have vowed to remain at the Independence Square if they do not get a favourable response from authorities.
The angry nurses told Joy News’ Matilda Wemegah they have been sending their leaders to come to the Ministry of Health to get them their allowances but nothing has come thus far.
On Monday all of them decided to come to Accra to demand for payment of their allowances.
One of them said since they arrived in Accra, Monday morning, they have been shuttling from the Ministry of Health, the Controller and Accountant General’s Department, and the Finance Ministry but nothing concrete has come out of it.
He said failure by the government to pay their allowances has had a deleterious effect on them and they need an urgent response.
Without any prior approval by the police, there are concerns the trainee nurses may be violating the Public Order Act by converging at the Independence Square.
But one of the aggrieved nurses said they are not in Accra to demonstrate. They are here to peacefully demand for their allowances.
The students are loitering about on the Independence Square with no idea yet what to do next.
In a response the Health Ministry has said it is yet to receive the full list of trainees.
Public Relations Officer for the Ministry Tony Goodman told Wemegah:
“we can’t sit in Accra and conjure names and start paying them. It was names that were submitted to us that we also submitted it to the Ministry of Finance and those names have been taken care of.
“It is just unfortunate that they did not receive their monies,” he said.
While sympathizing with the unfortunate situation, Mr Goodman said the Ministry cannot be blame for the turn of event.
“It is not the doing of the ministry, it is rather the school’s administration that did not do its work well,” he charged.
He pleaded with the angry students to return to their school while government take steps to make payment.
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