The Member of Parliament (MP) for Manso-Adubia constituency, Ashanti region, Hon. Yaw Frimpong Addo has promised to see to it that the scrapped allowance for agric students is fully restored.
He was however, disappointed in the over 4,000 agric students who besieged the Ministry of Agriculture Wednesday to demand from the Ministry restoration of their allowance.
He told Kwame Tutu that, if they [Students] had appealed to the Committee on Agriculture in Parliament, the committee would have pursued the matter on their behalf.
The MP speaking to Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm said, the services of extension officers is crucial to farming and so the students deserve to have their allowances restored.
He said, ‘’Nana Addo’s government believes that agriculture is the cornerstone for whatever he is doing. The revolution that he wants to see in our industry, will come from raw materials and these raw materials will only come from agriculture. He [Nana Addo] wants us to turn the cocoa sector into a multi million dollars industry but we are only recording 800,000 metric tons, how do we see to it that the industry get the needed raw materials for the value addition?
‘’And so we will need the services of these extension officers and if we need them just we like need nurses and teachers, I will do everything in advocacy and lobbying to ensure that their allowances are restored.’’
Hon. Yaw Frimpong Addo said the reason why he described as wrong the method used by the agric students, to demand for the restoration was because, whatever they demanded for was not captured in the budget.
The restoration of the nursing and midwifery allowance was captured in this year’s budget and so if we have not captured it in the budget, it cannot be implemented.
He said, between now and December there is no way anyone can do something about it. However, it will surely be captured in the 2018 budget. Some of us will champion their concerns and ensure, the allowances are restored. We will appeal to the Agric Ministry to make provision in the 2018 budget for the restoration of the allowances.