Dr. Nsiah Asare, the Presidency’s Advisor on Health, has advised striking student nursing and midwifery trainees demanding unpaid student allowances to remain silent because the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government has been more generous to them than the previous National Democratic Congress government (NDC).
According to the Presidential Adviser, having an unpaid allowance is preferable to having one cancelled during the administration of Former President John Dramani Mahama.
For the past nine months, students in various nursing schools across the country have not received their allowances as promised by the government, which reinstated a policy that had been cancelled by the previous administration.
Dr. Anthony Nsiah Asare, however, in an interview with Kumasi-based Oyereppa FM, which iDO GH News team monitored, insisted that “the allowance was cancelled and this government decided to restore and pay, so they must have patience on the government….by all means this government is going to pay.”
“The allowances have been forwarded to the Controller and Accountant General’s department for disbursement,” he added.
He maintained that Akufo Addo’s administration is far superior to that of former President John Mahama and his NDC government, which cancelled their allowance.
Dr. Nsiah Asare, on the other hand, reassured the student that there was no need to worry because the government would pay the allowance, but he refused to give a timetable for when it would be paid.
When asked if it is preferable for the government to lock up the nine-month allowance rather than cancel it, Dr. Nsiah Asare insisted, saying, “the previous government cancelled it, so it is better now.”