The Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association (GRNMA) on Wednesday hit the streets of Kumasi, the capital of the Ashanti Region to demonstrate against the government for failing to employ them.
Clad in their training uniforms the jobless nurses most from Ashanti and Brong Ahafo Regions held placards with several inscriptions amid brass band chants as they marched through some principal streets of tyhe capital.
Some nurses who spoke to XYZ News said government was deliberately refusing to employ them.
“We have come out to say that enough is enough, the re-assurances are too much. You just post us and then we will be free and we will leave you alone,” one of them said.
According to the aggrieved nurses, they were assured by the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr Nsiah Asare of permanent jobs if they voted for President Nana Akufo Addo the then Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) only to be faced with unemployment twenty one months after the NPP assumed power.
Others who described the situation as frustrating and disappointing, called on government to “walk the talk” and get them employed.
The President of Coalition of Bonded Unemployed Nurses Association of Ghana, Obour Daniels who expressed his concern to XYZ News said they have had numerous promises from government since last year that financial clearance will be released for nurses who are due postings but all such promises have hit the rocks.
“The Minister has made numerous promises, in fact the recent one was last Monday. He promised that the next day which was yesterday, Tuesday, financial clearance would be released for nurses who are due for employment. Today is Wednesday and as we are speaking there is still no financial clearance for nurses,” he explained.
The protesters are expected to petition the Ashanti Regional Minister for financial clearance from the Health Ministry. The Nurses have also given government a 2 week ultimatum to deal with the situation else they will picket the Jubilee House.
“If we don’t hear anything from the President, next 2 weeks from now, we will move to Greater Accra and do one million walk and then end it at the Jubilee house,” one of the leaders noted.
Story: Jonathan Ofori/myxyzonline.com/93.1MHZ