The government has committed GHC232 million for the payment of nursing trainees’ allowances for the 2017/2018 academic year.
This was announced by President Akufo-Addo at a grand event to celebrate the restoration of the allowance in the Brong Ahafo region.
“For the 2017/2018 academic year, effective September 2017, 58,000 health trainees comprising nurses and midwives, will be paid GH¢400 per person for each of the 10 months of the academic year. This means the government will be spending a total of GH¢ 232 million for this academic year,” Akufo-Addo said.
The previous National Democratic Congress (NDC) government, scrapped the allowance for trainee nurses in 2013.
It explained that it canceled the regular payments because it prevented the state from investing in infrastructure to admit more students.
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the run-up to the December 2016 elections promised to restore the monthly allowance if voted into office.
Following the party’s victory, it assured the trainees of honouring the promise at the start of the academic year.
At the event to officially launch the reintroduction of the allowance, President Akufo-Addo said his government is committed to investing in education and the future of its youth.