The management of the Nalerigu Nursing and Midwifery College in Ghana’s North East Region said it supports the policies of the government regarding nurse trainees and has dissociated itself from a group of its students captured on video apologising to former President John Mahama for voting against him in 2016 and begging him to come back during the main opposition flag bearer’s tour of the area on Friday, 30 August 2019.
The students, at a durbar organised for Mr Mahama as part of his tour of the region, held placards with inscriptions: “JM, we are sorry; nurses need you back”.
They also mobbed the former president, knelt down around him and chanted: “JM, we’re sorry”.
Mr Mahama, as President, scrapped the nurse trainee allowance with the aim to migrate them onto the Students Loan Trust Fund instead.
The moved, caused disaffection for Mr Mahama, as his opponents, Nana Akufo-Addo, the then-flag bearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), promised to restore the allowance if he won power in 2016.
Shortly after the NPP won the elections, President Akufo-Addo restored the allowance beginning from the September 2017/2018 academic year.
Trainee nurses in state institutions comprising nurses and midwives are paid an allowance of GHS400 per person.
But in recent times, graduate nurses from different year groups have staged multiple demonstrations against the Akufo-Addo-led government over clearance for employment.
Some nurses have been employed while others are awaiting clearance.
Reacting to the video via statement, the management of the school said the “incident took place at the palace of the Overlord of Mamprugu”, adding: “These students were transported there without the knowledge and approval of the management”.
Also, the management said the same “students have benefited fully from the trainee allowance following its restoration by the government and that some of the individuals in the nurse trainee uniform are not known to be students of the institution”.
“The views and comments expressed by these individuals in nurse trainee uniform do not in any way represent the views and policy orientation of the institution and that of the generality of its students.
“The college completely dissociates itself from the views and policy orientation expressed in the audiovisual material.
“We also condemn, in no uncertain terms, any machinations or manipulations targeted at students of the institution with the aim of making political capital”, the management of the school said.
In order to forestall a recurrence of this incident, the college said it has “launched a full-scale investigation” into the matter “since there appears to be potential breaches of the student conduct codes/rules and regulations of the college”.
“The management hereby wishes to state that the College of Nursing and Midwifery, like any public nursing training institution in the country, fully supports all policies of the government”, it noted.