General News of Monday, 17 July 2017
An Executive Committee Member of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG), Dr Charles Marfo has revealed that some appointees of the current government openly refer to them as thieves
Dr. Charles Marfo on Accra-based Okay FM, said the fact they are fronting for the association does not give appointees the right to refer to them as thieves threatening to blow the cover of the particular appointee who is indulging in such an insulting behavior.
“Kwame, there are times these people refer to us as thieves. I do not want to mention names now but the right time, I will make the name of the person public”, he stated.
The University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) is threatening to strike in the next two weeks if the government fails set up governing councils for the various public universities across the country.
Members of the Association say they are not happy at the slow pace attitude adopted by the Akufo-Addo administration in putting in place the councils, six months after taking over the governance of the country.
President of UTAG, Dr Harry Agbenu said “It is unacceptable that for six good months none of our public universities has a council. Several efforts have been made, we have contacted the Minister of Education, NCT on the havoc that the absence of the councils are causing to the universities.
However, he said it is unfortunate that there is still no information as to when the councils will be reconstituted. “To even make the matters worse the universities are ready to graduate their students; the universities are in a fixed as to what to do, and we have given the government an ultimatum of two weeks after which we will take our protest a bit higher” he hinted.
UTAG has again threatened to take on the government should it implement the university remittance policy which mandates the universities.
But Dr Charles Marfo said, their calls have been met with verbal abuses from some appointees of government, a situation he said does not help in healthy discourse.