Deputy Minority leader, Dominic Nitiwul has stated that Parliament is considering reviewing the University of Ghana law to prevent what he described seeming abuse and bullying of the law by the authorities.
He argued that “If Parliament granted UG the power, then the same Parliament can review it,” he stated.
In an interview with Afia Pokua on Adom FM/Asempa FM’s Burning Issues, the Members of Parliament accused the University of creating unnecessary tension in the nation as a result of their insistent to enforce this toll and sticker rule.
The University of Ghana explains that the 2010 Act gives them the power to initiate income-generating projects and provides further asset which will be charged against the university, and not the state.
Dominic Nitiwul therefore urged UG officials to ease their demands and approach government to begin negotiations to end this impasse which he described as seriously affecting both students and parents most of whom he described gradually becoming “enemies” for the University.
He questioned why the university has not yet submitted its annual fianacial report to parliament as required by law and reminded the Ministry of Education to do so.
Meanwhile, A Political Science lecturer of UG, Dr. Evans Aggrey Darko says the University is ready to negotiate with government.
However, he maintained that UG’s decision to introduce toll, stickers among the other measures are to serve as a source of revenue generation not only for this current road project but also to maintain facilities.
“This is to leave behind a legacy for the future generation but posterity will judge us if we don’t put such measures in place”, he remarked.
He expressed worry that the hullabaloo about the toll has been misunderstand by the public adding that some of these attitude will discourage leadership of various institutions from taking initiative that will serve the future and support government.
The Member of Parliament for Abokobi-Madina MP, Alhaji Amadi Sorogho recounted his own experience with security guards of the university whiles on his way to parliament to lobby for a Fire station for the same University. He insisted that the University of Ghana is abusing its rights and cautioned them to be mindful that it could not operate as an island.
“When UG called for a Fire Service station due to population increase, I led in its establishment but I am denied entry even when I am visiting the station” he lamented.
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