Friday, October 22, 2010

NUGS To Hit Streets

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By William Yaw Owusu

Friday October 22, 2010
The National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) says it is grieving over the inability of the government to resolve the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) strike.

As a result, NUGS has vowed to hit the streets on Wednesday October 27, 2010 to protest the delay in resolving the issue of the lecturers which has thrown academic calendar into disarray.

A notice titled “Urgent press release: National student procession” issued in Accra yesterday and signed by Anthony Abotsi Afriyie, National President of NUGS said “The NUGS wishes to “the NUGS wishes to communicate via this medium, its grief in respect of the inability of government to adequately resolve the UTAG strike as of Wednesday October 20, 2010.”

The release said NUGS appreciates the effort of President Mills in resolving the issue by setting up a seven member committee but the union “is equally disenchanted at the lack of rapidity on the part of government in resolving such a serious matter which bothers on the inalienable right to education of Ghanaian students.”

It added: “The union therefore is summoning and leading a national student procession on Wednesday the October 27, 2010 to the Ministry of Education where a direct communication from the Minister of Education (Hon. Alex Tettey-Enyo, MP) in respect of the restoration of the academic calendar of tertiary institutions would be demanded.”

NUGS called on “all well-meaning students and Ghanaians to ably participate in this all-imperative national procession aimed at restoring the sanctity of our educational sector.”

It warned that “the only condition which innately has the potential of preventing this national student procession is a return of lecturers to the lecture halls before Wednesday the October 27, 2010.”

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