Mahama: Govt Addressing Joblessness

President John Dramani Mahama is positive incidents of unpaid and unemployed nurses picketing the Flagstaff House for employment will soon be a thing of the past.

Responding to a question from journalists at a press briefing at the Flagstaff House Tuesday January 12, 2016, on what the government was doing to address mounting youth unemployment in the country; the president said there had been increased numbers of nurses graduating from public and private training institutions, thus the stall in absorbing some of them into the public sector.

He said nurses from the public institutions were given priority, in terms of recruitment, over those trained in private institutions.

According to him, the number of nurses from private training institutions employed by government depends on the number of vacancies available after hiring those from the public institutions.

This arrangement, he said, was because nurses from public institutions signed a bond to serve the country for some years after school.

But an error at the Human Resource Division of the Ministry of Health, he explained, reversed the usual order, offering the opportunity for nurses from private institutions, to be recruited ahead of their counterparts from public institutions a few years back.

But he said this error was being reversed and the very last batch of affected nurses would be absorbed unto the government’s payroll to ensure that no more demonstrations would happen in front of the Flagstaff House.

A handful of unemployed nurses and teachers were arrested on Monday for picketing the Flagstaff House for jobs. They were bonded to be of good behaviour and released.

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