Monday, October 3, 2022

University students to demonstrate over UTAG strike

The Coalition of Concerned University Students (CoCUS) has said all is set to go on a demonstration to register its displeasure against the government for its inability to address the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) impasse.

In an interview with Citi News monitored by thenewgh.com, George Kofi Abuah, leader of the group said the Presidency and other relevant stakeholders will be petitioned so an intervention can be made.

He said all the relevant requirements have been met and is sure the demonstration will come off this week.

“We have acquired all relevant requirements for the demonstration, we have approval from the Regional Command of the Ghana Police Service on our peaceful protest. Hopefully by tomorrow midnight key details regarding the intended demonstration will be concluded by the close of the day and communicated. But for now, we are sure it will be held this week”

UTAG’s demonstration is still in force and it may likely lead to the closure of universities if it exceeds the 31 days’ rule of the universities. If after 31 days the UTAG and government issue is not resolved, the universities will be shut down.

Students are bearing the brunt of the UTAG demonstration and have become very frustrated with the whole saga.

George Kofi Abuah says all their appeals to government have so far fell on deaf ears.

“We already pleaded with the government to intervene. But we still haven’t heard from them. Does the government expect university students who have paid accommodation and school fees at exorbitant prices to sit idle all the while?”

The National Labour Commission (NLC) has however stated that UTAG’s demonstration is illegal and so it has taken it to court to for failing to call off the strike.

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