February 17, 2022

The Deputy Majority leader, Alexander Kwamena Afenyo Markin leading his side at a press briefing in parliament has appealed to the striking University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) to end their strike and return to the classroom.

According to him, even though he recognized the rights of UTAG to demand for better conditions of service, they should also consider the future of the students and also consider not distorting the academic calendar of the universities.

“At the same time we are pleading with them to balance their demand with the plight of the students so that the academic calendar is not unduly disturbed. We urged government to show a good faith and ensure that there is consensus so that the matter is dealt with once and for all”.

Mr. Afenyo-Markin further urged government to consider the plea of the teachers and take the needed steps to address them.

The Deputy Majority leader further used the opportunity to commend the NDC minority for supporting the adoption of SPUTNIK-V AD-HOC Committee’s report in Parliament on Wednesday, saying, that should be the way to go as members of Parliament so as to help develop and grow Ghana’s democracy.

And commended the consensus  built and was happy they were able to hold the Health Ministry accountable and there was not lose financially to the state, and through their work resulted in the refund of some amount paid for which reason vaccine was not delivered.

Mr. Afenyo-Markin noted that when parliament is working together, they can achieve results and was happy the issue of Sputnik-V has been dealt with.

“We hear some attempts are being made to bring a motion of censure against the Minister we are hearing that; well we would be surprised to see that on the floor of the House it would amount to a serious bad faith being mounted, we wait to see”.

 Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/Ghanamps.com