Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Deputy Minister for Education
Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Deputy Minister for Education
Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Deputy Minister for Education
Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Deputy Minister for Education

Government has dismissed reports of frosty relationship between the Ministry of Education and authorities of University of Ghana on the ongoing controversy over tolling of roads within the university and subsequent introduction of stickers.

Contrary to reports that the Ministry?s directive to the University Council to serve it with report over its decision to prevent the use of its roads as a thoroughfare by the general public portends bad blood between the two?state agencies, Mr Ablakwa Okudjeto, a deputy Minister of Education of Education said there is cordial relationship between the ministry and the university.

Denying the assertion on Citi News, the deputy Minister who doubles as the Member of Parliament for North Tongu, stated ?I do not think the Ministry of Education only invoked Section 26 of the University of Ghana Act which we are mandated to do. The University has also very quickly in less than 24 hours having received our letter, responded and submitted a report.?

According to him their intervention and the quick response from Legon ?should show the good faith and mutual respect and trust which exist between the Ministry and the University of Ghana.?

The Ministry of Education recently requested UG council to, as a matter of urgency; submit a report that informed the University?s decision to regulate access to its premises.

The Ministry also asked the Council to submit ?a specific report on the new guidelines that informed its thoroughfare processes to check, collect tolls and control traffic at the university?

But the UG Council in a six-page response defended the university?s decision explaining, general access to its roads was always going to be temporal measure.

These exchanges between UG authorities and the Education Ministry have led to sections of the public positing a strain in relationship between the two bodies, an assertion Mr Ablakwa has rebuffed.

Source: The Al-Hajj

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