Akufo-Addo must listen to the wise advice of Asantehene
Builsa South MP Dr Clement Apaak urged the president to consider the call for broad consultation before bringing the universities bill to parliament for passage.
The lawmaker congratulated Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II for calling on the president to consult widely given the interest generated by the bill.
Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II urged the government to consult widely before presenting the university bill to parliament.
The traditional leader who is also the Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) stressed the need for the government to consult widely due to the interest generated by the bill.
“The interest generated by the general public in the bill should send a strong signal to the government to take into account the divergent views expressed by key stakeholders such as the Vice-Chancellors of Ghana, the Association of Professors of Ghana University and Convocation members at all public universities, “he said.
âUltimately, the concerns and interests of all major stakeholders must be seen as having been factored into the final draft for the sake of industrial harmony and peace on campuses. All stakeholders should respect the views of others and avoid confrontation and consolidation of positions on the bill.
“I strongly urge the government to allow deeper and broader consultations in order to iron out any gray areas before the bill is submitted to Parliament for consideration,” added the Chancellor, speaking at the meeting. ‘a graduation ceremony at KNUST for postgraduate students.
Among other things, the bill aims to “provide for the procedure for the establishment of public universities, the principles of management of public universities, the legal status of public universities, the procedure for financing public universities and the administration and supervision of activities of public and related universities. Questions.”
Also, the bill gives the president the power to dissolve the university council, which will henceforth have the power to appoint a chancellor.
The bill also gives effect to the University Council to control the finances of the university and to determine the allocation of funds.
Commenting on the traditional chief’s appeal, Dr Apaak said: âThe King is right to point out that public interest in the bill should give a strong signal to the government to heed the points. divergent views expressed by key stakeholders. such as the Vice Chancellors of Ghana, the Association of University Teachers of Ghana and members of the Convocation in all public universities.
“I pray that the President agrees, as the King noted, that ultimately the concerns and interests of all major stakeholders are to be considered as having been factored into the final draft for the good industrial harmony and peace on campuses All stakeholders should respect the views of others and should avoid confrontation and consolidation of positions on the bill.
The legislator insisted on the fact that the president must take into account the wise advice of the king and refrain from sending the âuselessâ project.
“However, if the President continues to insist that the NEEDLESS Public Universities Bill go to Parliament and surely use his majority to pass a NEEDLESS Bill, then he should take the wise man into consideration. advice from Otumfuo. “
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Read the MP’s full statement below
Otumfuo on the Public Universities Bill – My friends, I write with sincere admiration for the King of Asante, Otumfuo Osei Tutu, on his recent comments on the Public Universities Bill.
Otumfuo’s willingness and ability to speak the truth to political power, regardless of which party is in power, must be emulated. My respect for Otumfuo is growing day by day in light of the refusal of many other prominent / respected citizens to speak out on obvious issues of national concern. Other Ghanaian leaders: political, traditional, statesmen, men of God / clergy, and even union leaders, seem to have developed a phobia to speak the truth to the current political power. Sometimes you have no choice but to suspect that the otherwise generally vocal voices are under hypnosis or some inducement from the current Preisent and his NPP government.
In fact, prominent academics, current and retired, as well as other higher education stakeholders, including unions, have expressed serious concerns about what the president is proposing to do in the bill. What was President Akufo-Addo’s response to the spontaneous and collective concerns and reactions to his proposal? He calls out names to those who have had the courage to voice their concerns. He described their concerns as being born out of evil, he says they are fallacious. He still has to apologize!
As I asked and will ask again, has any of our public universities complained that they cannot govern themselves with their current ACT? Has the government led by Nana Addo received a petition from the Association of Vice-Chancellors, a university council, a trade union (UTAG, TEWU, SRC, NUGS), an association of former students or parents, suggesting that current laws are flawed or have become fatally incapable of ensuring the effective administration or management of the various public universities? No!
So, it begs the question, what motivates the president to solve an existing NON problem? The only plausible reason for this unnecessary expedition is to put our public universities under the whims and whims of the executive arm of government. To give him, the president, control over academia. And by extension, remove the independence necessary to guarantee academic freedom in our universities, as the main speakers have suggested.
And that is why the call from the King and Chancellor of KNUST to have all views taken into account regarding the Public Universities Bill is highly commendable. His call for the president to consult widely and incorporate the views of all stakeholders into the public universities bill to ensure peace and quiet on the country’s various university campuses is refreshing.
The King is right to point out that public interest in the bill should send a strong signal to the government to take into account the divergent views expressed by key stakeholders such as the vice-chancellors. of Ghana, the Association of University Teachers of Ghana and Convocation members in all public universities.
I pray that the President will agree, as the King noted, that âultimately the concerns and interests of all major stakeholders should be seen as having been factored into the final draft for the good industrial harmony and peace on campuses. All stakeholders should respect the views of others and should avoid confrontation and consolidation of positions on the bill.
My friends, when a wise king speaks, he leaves no room for ambiguity. Otumfuo strongly urged the government to allow deeper and wider consultations to iron out gray areas before the bill goes to parliament for consideration!
There are indeed many gray areas, and while Ghanaians wait to see how the President reacts to the King’s wise advice, I maintain that the bill is unnecessary, speakers have not complained. I have long argued that the bill on public universities, President Nana Akufo-Addo, seeks that parliament ultimately be sanctioned with a law, currently under âconsultationâ, if it is accepted under its authority. present form, will be disastrous, if not disastrous, for university education in Ghana.
However, if the President continues to insist that the NEEDLESS Public Universities Bill be presented to parliament, and surely uses his majority to pass a law without NEEDLESS, then he should consider the wise advice of Otumfuo.
I remain a citizen.
Dr. Clement Apaak MP, Builsa South and Associate Member, Education Committee