The 2022 cohort of Rotational Nurses, having dutifully completed their mandatory national service, is caught in an unfortunate limbo as their anticipated allowances remain unpaid.
Speaking out on the matter on Opemsuo Radio’s Nkwantannanso with George Adjei on August 17, Mr Gideon Awuah Asante, Chairman of the Rotational Nurses and Midwives Association, highlighted the disheartening situation, stating, “We don’t even know when we will be paid. Another batch was posted this year in January and July, and both batches are yet to receive a penny.”
He traced the origins of this ongoing struggle, revealing that the issue of delayed payment has persisted since the second batch of 2021.
“It has not been the routine for previous years not to be paid,” Asante explained.
The chairman delved into the intricacies of the problem, shedding light on a convoluted clearance procedure.
“After 4 months of starting National Service, we asked why the delay in payment, and they told us it is because there is no money in the country but they are waiting for clearance from the Ministry of Finance.”
“This is not a matter of National Service Secretariat. NSS doesn’t pay us. Ministry of Health is awaiting clearing from Ministry of Finance. They said they are waiting for clearance, meanwhile we were supposed to have clearance before the start of work,” he stressed.
Story by Adwoa S. Danso