Sylvester Mensah, CEO of National Health InsuranceThe Ghana National Union of Polytechnic Student (GNUPS), the umbrella body of all polytechnic students in the country is lunging at the CEO of the National Health Insurance Authority over what they call irresponsible comments.

The Union, in a statement, accuses Mr. Sylvester Mensah of tarnishing the image of polytechnic graduates by unfairly blaming teething problems facing the National Health Insurance Scheme on HND holders serving as scheme managers.

Read below the entire statement from GNUPS.

Don?t Attribute Your Incompetence to HND Graduates

The role of the polytechnic students in our socio-economic development and nation-building stands so huge and tall that no individual or group of individuals should by their words or action attempt to drag our hard earned reputation and recognition to the gutters, but it appears some authorities of the NHIA have continuously tried to bring the image, recognition and enviable reputation of polytechnic students and graduates over the years to disrepute.

This is evidenced in Mr. Sylvester Mensah (C.E.O of NHIA’s) recent interview with TV3 on the 21 October 2012 on its mid-day news series.

Mr. Mensah in the mentioned interview attributed the weaknesses in the NHIS to the earlier appointments of HND graduates into managerial positions. He said the NPP administration made HND holders scheme managers, and questioned why any serious government will give the management of such an important scheme to low talent people.

It is appropriate to make it clear that, it is not out of place for any government to put HND graduates in the position of Scheme Managers since we are trained to occupy Technical and Middle Level managerial positions.

Mr. Ametor Quarmyne previously passed a similar comment and apologized, so we are very surprised that Mr. Sylvester Mensah (C.E.O of the scheme) would unprofessionally and baselessly repeat such unfriendly comments. This is simply unethical and absolutely infantile. Why is Mr. Mensah ungrateful to the very graduates who selflessly worked to aid the smooth implementation of the scheme? The polytechnic graduates made positive and remarkable strides in developing the scheme at its earlier stage. We are aware of the good performances of our graduates and do not need the lies of Sylvester Mensah.

If Sylvester and his team of critics doubt our performance, they should refer to the recent survey conducted and documented by Ghana Employers Association to educate themselves.

The Ghana National Union of Polytechnic Students is therefore cautioning Mr. Mensah and his government to be objective on issues relating to polytechnic graduates and their performance on the job market.

Mr. Sylvester Mensah must further render an unqualified apology to all polytechnic graduates who worked and are still working for the scheme, lecturers and management of all polytechnics and current students as well.
God bless our homeland Ghana.


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