PUSAG has called for the immediate dismissal of Deputy Minister of Education, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa.
The Private University Students Association of Ghana (PUSAG) has called on President John Mahama to dismiss Deputy Education Minister, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa.
According to the association, the Deputy minister in charge if Tertiary education is incompetent and careless about the plight of private universities in the country.
A statement signed by the Vice President of the Ashesi Student Council, Ewurabena Ewudziwa Hagan noted that PUSAG is withdrawing its interest from the ‘Campus connect’ initiative which was being championed by Mr. Ablakwa.
“First and foremost, the decision by PUSAG to withdraw from the ‘Campus Connect Series’ and subsequent call for the head of the Deputy Minister of Education in charge of tertiary was arrived at by the national leadership of the Association after deep reflection and thorough consultation with all the people that matter in respect of the two issues”.
Below is the full statement from PUSAG
WITHDRAWS FROM OKUDJETO ABLAKWA’S “CAMPUS CONNECT SERIES” AND APPEALS TO PRESIDENT MAHAMA FOR HIS IMMEDIATE REASSIGNMENT OR REMOVAL FROM OFFICE
The Private University Students Association of Ghana (PUSAG) wishes to officially inform its numerous constituents, students of Ghana, stakeholders in the education industry as well as the general public that it is disassociating itself from the “Campus Connect Series”, which is a programme that is being rolled by the tertiary education division of the Ministry of Education under the leadership of Hon. Okudjeto Ablakwa, the Deputy Education Minister; which would see officials from the Education Ministry, Ministers of State as well as other government officials visit all tertiary institutions across the country to interact and connect with students.
The association is accordingly appealing to President John Dramani Mahama to immediately reassign the Deputy Minister in question or better still, remove him from office for gross incompetence, nonchalance and lack of interest in the affairs of private universities and their students across the country. Failure to heed to our call would be inimical to the electoral fortunes of the NDC government come 2016.
First and foremost, the decision by PUSAG to withdraw from the ‘Campus Connect Series’ and subsequent call for the head of the Deputy Minister of Education in charge of tertiary was arrived at by the national leadership of the Association after deep reflection and thorough consultation with all the people that matter in respect of the two issues.
In the case of the former, we think it is a misplaced priority and an absolute waste of time and energy for the Ministry of Education and for that matter Ablakwa’s outfit to spend huge amount of money and scarce resources to embark on that fruitless venture at the expense of the taxpayer.
As we speak, the nation’s education sector is overwhelmed with several seemingly intractable challenges which ought to be the preoccupation of Okudjeto Ablakwa and not this so called “Campus Connect Series” which we see as a deliberate attempt and a clandestine move to woo students into coming to terms with government propaganda message ahead of election 2016.
In any case, Okudjeto Ablakwa cannot claim to be oblivious of the countless challenges and problems confronting university students in the country.
Why do students have leaders? Why the existence of national student unions? In the specific case of private university students, how many times haven’t we met him personally to lament about our numerous problems and the needless neglect from government and its agencies to our issues? What efforts has he made towards addressing the issues? Hasn’t he always been dismissive of our concerns with the argument that government’s primary obligation is to public universities? Hon. Ablakwa has never attended any of our programmes even though we always send him official invitations.
Not even has he ever acknowledged receipt of any of our letters to his outfit. In fact, the least said about his demeanour and comments anytime we visit him with our issues, the better.