Students of the Nursing & Midwifery Training College in Nalerigu in the North East Region of Ghana, on Friday, 30 August 2019, apologised to former President John Mahama for contributing to his defeat in the 2016 elections.
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.