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The decision by President Akufo Addo’s led administration to employ 10,000 unemployed nurses and health assistants under the Nation Builders Corps (NBC) initiative has been strongly criticized by the national president of the Ghana Nurses - Midwife Trainee's Association (GNMTA), Batiah semi-Ulah Santi.

The president of GNMTA on behalf of the members have threatened not to enroll under the NBC  formerly known as youth employment, as they are above the level of being engaged as youth employment nurses.

He has therefore admonish all UNPOSTED nurses to stay away from this political rhetoric and wait for the Association to come out with an action plan to curtail  what they deem as an enigma.

The Nation Builder's corps which will be rolled out in the month of may,2018 is part of plans put in place by the current government to address the unemployment situation in the country.

The NBC was announced as a government initiative in the 2018 budget to provide 100,000 jobs to graduates at a cost of GHS 600 million.

The focus of the initiative is to improve public service delivery in health, education, agriculture, sanitation and also drive revenue mobilization and collection.

However, in a press release, the GNMTA seems not to buy the idea of being employed under such initiative, arguing that the unemployed nurses and health assistant nurses have paid huge sums of money to gain their hard earned certificates, Professional Identification Number (PIN) and Auxiliary Number (AIN) which qualify them to practice as full staff nurses and not part timers.

The national president of GNMTA in the release has opined that the NPP administration in an attempt to score cheap political points have decided to introduce NBC, something he stressed would not be achieved.

“We are totally against this initiative of employing nurses under the Nation Builders Corps with a salary scale which does not meet the standard of a full staff nurse salary,” he said, adding, can someone tell me the difference in qualification between those currently in the ward working as staff nurses and that of what the unemployed nurses possess as requirements to be regarded as a professional nurse? Why are we just interested in cheap labour all the time as political parties and not ready to do rightful things that will last us forever,” he quizzed.

Mr. Batiah semi-Ulah Santi called on the government to have a second thought on the initiative and employ his members permanently instead of a 3- year contract basis.

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