Some four badges graduates of School of Hygiene, who have completed since 2016 have petitioned president Akufo-Addo to employ them.
According to the unemployed sanitation officers, the institution that produces them is gradually becoming useless due to successive governments inability to attach seriousness to the sanitation sector.
Read their full press statement below :
PETITION TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF GHANA, H. E NANA ADDO DANKWA AKUFFO-ADDO, THE MINISTRY OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT, MINISTRY OF SANITATION AND WATER RESOURCES, MINISTRY OF FINANCE AND MINISTRY OF EMPLOYMENT AND LABOUR RELATIONS (FROM THE CONCERNED UNPOSTED GRADUATES OF THE THREE SCHOOLS OF HYGIENE)
Good morning to you all dear compatriots of mother Ghana. We welcome you to this august press conference especially the media for honoring our invitation for this occasion.
We bravely extend our salute and thanks to the President of the republic of Ghana, H. E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo for his vision and move of making Accra the cleanest city in Africa. We are solidly behind you on your fight for a clean Ghana. We shall forever be citizens and not spectators.
We, the leadership of the bonded unemployed graduates of the schools of Hygiene wish to inform the government that the Environmental Health officers who work under Environmental Health and Sanitation Units in all Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies in the country immensely contributes to the health service delivery when it comes to issues related to sanitation and the environment through inspection and abatement of nuisances, waste management, pollution control, enforcement of sanitary laws among others. Unfortunately, government has failed to revamp the sector to dominate the country for effective service delivery to improve the health of the Public.
It’s obvious that the Environmental Health and Sanitation Units under the watch of government is being downplayed and neglected due to the fact that the current statistics of Environmental Health Officers in the country shows that the sector is highly understaffed as compared to W.H.O recommendation which states that “one environmental health officer is to seven hundred population” and this has resulted in the increase in poor sanitary conditions and its related diseases in the country.
It’s not uncommon to hear some people lamenting the insanitary conditions in Ghana. Even statements such as “bring back the samasama”, “where are the Tanka’s, are they still in the country?”, “We will introduce sanitation brigade slated for November, 2017” and so on.
The real questions about low sanitation standards in Ghana have not been asked. It’s imperative that the real answers have not been found.
We all understand the extent of worry of the government about unemployment issues especially, school of Hygiene graduate the President talked about in 2016. But this current administration of government has decided to politicised our plight and deceived the Ghanaian populace of “better and better” livelihood. This goes contrary to the statement made by the first man of the nation on 9th October, 2016 at the trade Fair Center, Accra which was a move in a way, made us to give him the node to become president of the nation to address the problem of unemployment which is in fiasco. Mr. President, “why do you then give us food and take it back” because you promised to curtail the problem of unemployment.
We are sorry to bring to the notice of the government that, issues of school of hygiene graduates is been worsening and polarized since 2016 till now, graduates are still in the house jobless.
This Press release have become necessary after several engagements with stakeholders since 2016 to have us posted to various MMDA’s have failed to yield any meaningful results.
We are not happy as a professional body that we always have to call ourselves unemployed for 4 years or more before we are being posted.
The leadership of the bonded unemployed graduates of Accra, Tamale and Ho schools of Hygiene is calling on government to as a matter of urgency, release financial clearance for the employment of about 1,300 graduates who have gone through hell during and after our training within the next 21 days, either than that we would be left with no option than to continue with our next plan of action when the 21 days ultimatum elapses without a positive response from government.
Now, the most worrisome question staring at the faces of School of Hygiene graduates is when, how and where are we going to be employed as individuals with the requisite skills to bring to the realization of making Accra, not to mention Ghana as a whole the cleanest city in Africa.
We highly appreciate the effort of government to solve sanitation issues so far in the country by creating ministry for sanitation and water resources and provision of sanitary facilities to help the course but we want to emphatically state that, the realization of the agenda will be compromise if the human resources who are trained with the tax payers money are left to rot and become burden on the society. It’s becoming unbearable when parents and society now regard us as nuisance and we become frustrated day in day out.
We want to also plea to policy makers to develop interest in preventive health.
Today, Parents are no more interested in enrolling their wards in preventive health training schools because policy making have less interest in it. Policy making is also preparing the masses for slaughter.
We are not preaching gloom and doom but rather sounding the alarm bells that Ghana is sitting on a sanitation bomb which is about to explode. Insanitary conditions will continue to abound in the next ten years, if policy formulation continue to sacrifice preventive health for curative health.
In conclusion, all that we seek for is a prompt release of financial clearance for the employment of all bonded unemployed graduates of the three schools of Hygiene as how is done for sister health training institutions graduates.
We would like to state categorically and emphatically that we’re non- partisan coalition and must be treated as such.
God Bless you, Mr President, we once again acknowledge your sleepless night and your transformational leadership.
God bless Ghana
God bless President Nana Akuffo Addo.
Hon. Minister, Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources
Hon. Minister, Ministry of Finance
Hon. Minister, Ministry of Employment and
Hon. Minister, Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development
Source: Fuseini Safianu / Tamaleonline