“In our first budget, we will restore the allowances. It is not a big deal.We need a lot of nurses and teachers to fill vacancies to take care of our sick and teach our children.”
Speaking to jubilant party faithful in Tema, Dr Bawumia said a Nana Akuffo Addo government would proritize health and education because”we know what they mean to us.”
According to him, “The National Democratic Congress (NDC) is borrowing from everywhere, taxing everything and cutting all benefits. That is why they say they cannot pay the allowances.”
He said: “Even when Ghana (NPP under President Kufuor) was in the Highly Indebted Poor Countries’ initiative (HIPC), we were paying nursing and teacher trainee allowances. Today, we are an oil producing economy and Mahama government cannot pay allowances.”
He said the interest payments government makes on its debt annually can pay Nursing and teaching trainee allowances
for 40 years.
“It is a matter of policy and priority. We see health and education as very crucial sectors”,he said..