Some aggrieved members of the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association (GRNMA) who have been at the forefront of calling for financial accountability from the leadership of the Association are pushing for a review or amendment of the constitution of the Association.
They want specific clauses and provisions incorporated in the constitution to compel leadership to be accountable, transparent and open in their handling of the finances and contributions of Ghanaian nurses.
The group’s call for a review of the constitution comes on the back of the refusal of the national leadership of the GRNMA to release the financial statements of the Association to them, even after several requests and discussions.
The aggrieved nurses are of the strong and firm conviction that the attitude of the leadership in being elusive and refusing to submit the financial statements to interested members as requested, smacks of desperate moves to cover up some corrupt deals that they have engaged in.
Already, they are calling for the leadership to account for some 2.2 million Ghana cedis which was part of an amount of 4 million Ghana cedis deposited in the bank in 2016, but which figure changed to 1.8 million Ghana Cedis as the opening account in 2017.
In the light of the current financial behaviour of the union leadership, therefore, it becomes a mockery to the intelligence of the common Ghanaian nurse to accept to pay more for levies when there is no proper accounting to show for previous use of their contributions, and where leadership cannot be held accountable for their indiscretions or misappropriations’’ they averred.
The aggrieved GRNMA members quizzed ‘’Are the leadership of GRNMA stealing from nurses? Are they being compelled to raise levies to free themselves from misappropriating nurses’ money, or from unauthorized loans taken on nurses’ contributions? Why are they disregarding the concerns of the masses to raise nurses’ levies? Are there full income-expenditure statements and audited reports on the financials of the association over the period at all?’’.
According to them, until there is full disclosure on the above, the safety of nurses in Ghana under the GRNMA cannot be guaranteed.
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