A former deputy minister and Ashanti Regional secretary of the National Democratic Congress Joseph Yammin has made public, documents to prove his assertion of deceit of the Nana Akufo Addo administration over the restoration of Nursing Trainee Allowances.
According to Joseph Yammin, the health ministry under the erstwhile John Agyekum Kufuor had already documented a road map to scrap the allowances to the nation’s trainee nurses in a document which was to be implemented by a hoped NPP administration between the years 2009 and 2011.
Mr. Yammin referenced a public document titled “2009-2011 Planning and Budgeting Guidelines and Related Resources Ceiling” which expressly communicated “Trainee allowances to new entrants of the diploma programs in the various training institutions will be abolished.”
The document signed by the then deputy minister of health Dr Abraham dwuma Odoom continues, “Allowances to continuing students in the diploma program will also be phased out. All students will be encouraged to seek funding under the student loan scheme. The money saved will then be employed to meeting the wage obligations of recruited staff coming unto the payroll.”
The document dated 9th June 2008 when candidate Nana Akufo Addo was flagbearer of the NPP, spelt out “the health priorities and expected results as well as the format and process to be followed in the preparation of plans and budgets.
Making the disclosures on Ultimate FM’s Cup of Tea, he pointed out that though the NPP believed in the policy in principle, the party only took a U-turn to capitalize on the sympathies of the unhappy trainees.
He told host Julius Caesar Anadem, “this was a process, a program and plan that in 2009 if Nana Akufo Addo and Bawumia were to be president and vice, they would have cancelled trainee allowances.