MINORITY REPLIES AKUFO ADDO Accuses Gov’t of Blocking Nursing Recruitment 

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 By Adu Koranteng

 24 hours after  the president, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo Addo delivered his maiden state of the nation address , the minority group in Parliament has also delivered what it termed  “ the real state of the Nation Address(RSONA) condemning  the Akufo-Addo government for what it  regard as  an 'unreasonable decision'  to halt the recruitment of more than 8,600 nurses.

At a press conference yesterday, Minority leader Haruna Iddrisu said these nurses had obtained financial clearance necessary to be added to the public pay roll and were awaiting the final step to land a job.

But government despite promising jobs has betrayed the 'honest belief' of these nurses many of whom may have bought into the New Patriotic Party's (NPP) campaign promises.

The claims were part of a litany of claims put together by the Minority in its official reaction to the President's State of the Nation Address delivered to Parliament Tuesday.

Akufo-Addo in his maiden State of the Nation Address lamented that "for too many young people, unemployment is sadly the reality of the start to their adult life"

"We are now faced with the phenomenon of parents looking on in frustration as their grown-up children remain at home, without the means to strike an independent life by themselves."

He described the lack of jobs as "unprecedented", "debilitating" and a confidence-sapping problem among the youth.

Making good on its promise to provide what the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in parliament described as the 'real' state of the nation, the Minority leader surrounded by his caucus members read a speech highlighting neglected developments across the country.

The Minority expressed surprise that an ongoing process kickstarted by the former government with the goal of recruiting more than 20,000 nurses has been stopped.

Haruna Iddrisu who was Labour minister under the erstwhile NDC government said this ministry had been working with the Ghana Registered Nurses Association to process applications for jobs.

Only 8,634 had secured the go-ahead to be posted only for the new government to disrupt the process.

Adding to the list of youths denied jobs, Haruna Iddrisu said government also kicked out 65 police recruits who were undergoing training to join the service and dismissed some 590 other security personnel.

These stopped recruitments are all down the "petty partisanship" of the NPP government, the Minority leader said.