Mahama’s U-turn on allowances an election gimmick – Bawumia


Dr Mahamudu Bawumia

The running mate of the New Patriotic Party, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has stated that the recent U-turn by President John Dramani Mahama on the restoration of Nurses and Teacher trainee allowances is a pure political gimmick that must be dismissed by Ghanaians.

President Mahama recently on his tour in the Brong Ahafo stated that new trainee nurses who are yet to be put on the students loan scheme will also be put on the cancelled nurses allowance scheme.

According to him, the technical committee which advised the government on the allowance scheme has suggested the placement of the trainees on allowance instead of a loan scheme.

It was further argued that it was unfair for nursing and teacher trainees to receive allowances when other tertiary students didn’t enjoy same.

President Mahama on one of his tour said that  the matter of trainee teacher allowances, better to lose on principle than win using falsehood. We’ll not reverse the decision.”

Outlining policies in the NPP manifesto at the Trade Fair site in Accra Sunday, Dr. Bawumia reiterated that the NPP under an Akufo-Addo government will fully restore all nurses and teacher trainee allowances.

He called on Ghanaians not to believe the recent statements by President Mahama on the allowances, stating that the President will say anything to win votes in the upcoming elections.


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