Choose between the one who sometimes owes and the one who can’t pay anything – Okoe Boye on apprentice allowance

The Minister of Health, Dr. Bernard Okoe Boye, has urged nursing students to support the administration of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, despite their benefit arrears yet to be cleared.

During the presentation of a bus donation to Lekma Hospital on May 20, 2024, Dr. Okoe Boye highlighted the government’s efforts to clear outstanding payments and compared it with the previous administration’s stance on trainee allowances.

“There are thousands of nurses to whom this government has paid subsidies. But it is also true that there are others whose payments are in arrears. We have decided to work hard to maintain and pay these arrears.

“You have to choose between the one who says I’m going to pay you, I pay you and sometimes he owes you, and the other one who says I can’t pay these things at all,” he said when asked about the situation of the apprentice’s allowances.

The Minister of Health criticized the previous administration of John Mahama, stating that it did not provide any subsidies to nursing students.

“If the other government was led by John Mahama for the last eight years, it would be zero for all nurses in Ghana.

“But as we speak, hundreds of thousands of nurses have had the support of the Akufo-Addo government and it is true that there are hundreds of thousands who are asking for theirs to come,” he said.

Dr Okoe-Boye assured participants that the government is committed to resolving the issue and ensuring that all outstanding benefits are paid.

“We will work hard to make sure everyone gets what they are owed. This is the kind of government we should support, the one that says, ‘I’ll take on this problem.’ I will shoulder this burden. I will work hard to sustain it.” He added.

“I have seen a statement from the Ministry, through the Ministry of Finance, according to which we have paid around GH177 million for over one hundred thousand nurses, to cover about four months of payments,” he noted.

Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia was recently confronted by a nursing student about the status of her assignments. She assured that payments will be made at the end of last week.

However, Accra-based TV3 reports that some trainees have denied receiving such transfers despite assurances from Bawumia.


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