The National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) has called on Government to immediately address the cause of delay of the student’s Trust Loan because it is destroying the hope students and education in the tertiary sector.

According to NUGS, present and past government have failed to address the issues surrounding the delay of the loan and so, affecting the conditions of students in the various campuses.

The President of NUGS, Isaac Hide revealed this at a press conference to announce their displeasure and disheartening views on the way government is handling the student’s loan scheme.

He called on government to release the GHs 10 million cheque, latest tomorrow, to be disbursed to beneficiaries by next week as promised because it’s destroying the hopes of students in the tertiary education sector.

“But I wish to impress on government to keep to its word while the Student Laon Fund also does it’s part for our brothers and sisters loans to be paid starting Monday, as promised”, he said.

“we want to tell the government and the SLFT that we are tired of being starved through loans and scholarships. We are tired of how they are treating education in this country”, he bemoaned.

Isaac Hide added that the act of politicizing education have nothing good to offer but destruction, adding that, “If any government cannot deliver on social intervention like loans, then its not worth celebrating for any other social intervention because they may be at the tertiary level”

Meanwhile, the student’s body (NUGS) also have also extended their solidarity and support to students living abroad, especially China, on the outbreaks of Coronavirus (COVID-19) disease being recorded globally.

“we have met with government and the ministry of foreign affairs a couple of times to assess the chances of evacuation. But from all indications and from medical and technical advise, our seemingly poor containment emergency health system as a country, could fail us and invite doom onto us, should we go the way of countries like Qatar. Though I wished my brother could come home”, he said.

But NUGS promised to continue monitor government’s decision to provide an atmosphere of comfort, healthy and nutritious living for students in China. The Chinese Embassy in Ghana have also given their word of utmost security for students !living in China.

“We hope and pray our Chinese counterparts keep to their word , knowing that in such volatile times, many people use it as an opportunity to violate the rights, freedoms and dignity of foreigners. We appeal to the Chinese government to keep to this public promise” he noted.

He further noted that, relief item in terms food security has being sent to the students in China including some money to keep them indoors, safe and secure as government monitors the situation in the country.

NUGS further Call on Government for a more robust and coordinated response system in the country.

Source: Eric Nii Sackey || ghananewsonline.

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