Health Ministry suspends Bolga NTC Principal

Tina Mensah, Deputy Health Minister

The storm may soon be over at the Bolgatanga Nurses’ Training College (NTC) following a directive by the Ministry of Health ordering the principal of the college, Awalu Bawa to step aside to pave way for investigations of financial malfeasance to complete.

The directive followed persistent pressures from tutors of the college amidst allegations of financial malfeasance and mismanagement against leveled against the principal. During her visit to the college on February 12, the deputy minister of health in charge of training institutions, Tina Mensah, told the media the principal and the accountant were refunding monies they embezzled following investigations conducted by the Economic and Organised Crime Office and the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI).

Disclosing the directive of the health ministry for the principal to step aside on A1 Radio’s flagshift programme, DayBreak Upper Monday, Deputy Minister Tina Mensah also hinted that at least two tutors of the college will be transferred to allowed sanity to prevail in the college.

Though the tutors have welcomed the directive of the health ministry, they have also questioned the basis on which the ministry was transferring some of them. Edward Atiim, a senior tutor at the college said “My brother, how can somebody who has been vindicated; on what basis are they transferring such people.”

Information available to this reporter indicated that the principal of Damongo Nurses’ Training College, Annie Adeodata F. Appo has been moved to the bleeding Bolgatanga NTC to take temporal charge of the college.

On Monday February 29, she reported at the college, met with the beleaguered principal and tutors. She however declined to speak to the media as she said the journalists did not give her an appointment letter and so she owed them no word.