‘We want our money not assurances’

The University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG), has insisted that it will not back down on its plan to strike should the government fail to immediately pay them their 2017/2018 book and research allowance.

UTAG said it will not heed to the government’s unofficial calls for them to rescind the decision.

The President of the Association, Eric Opoku in an interview with journalists said they had written to the Finance Ministry over the allowance, and issued it a deadline for the monies to be paid, else they will lay down their tools.

“We will not change that position until we have seen the monies in the accounts of the respective public universities in Ghana. We have also had normal communication with the government and they have not responded. The deadline has not expired and no communication has formally come from government and therefore we wait to see what happens.

“We had communicated with the Ministry of Finance formally through a letter, giving them the deadline of 15th. If they  think that they have taken tangible steps to ensure the payment of the book and research allowances, I as a the President of the Association expects that we are communicated to formally but not through the media. As at now, we have decided on the 31st July and we still stand by that decision”, he said.

Minister of State in charge of Tertiary Education, Professor Kwesi Yankah, earlier urged the members through a media interaction to rescind their decision to embark on the strike.

“I am requesting them to untie the red bands and lower the red flags because we are working towards the welfare of UTAG. Within the next week or so, they ought to be receiving their allowances.The Controller and Accountant General’s department has processed material from the Ministry of Finance. There are two or three batches of documentation that are of Finance”.

 

Story: News Desk

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