Michael Paa-Quecy Adu, President of the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS)
Michael Paa-Quecy Adu, President of the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS)

This is due to the administration’s poor handling of the current electricity crisis which has taken a severe toll on socio-economic activities in the country. The Union has described the situation as disappointing.

Michael Paa-Quecy Adu, President of the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS)
Michael Paa-Quecy Adu, President of the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS)

Mr. Michael Paa-Quecy Adu, the National President of NUGS said ‘’We are disappointed with the government as far as the current state of electricity supply to our institutions of learning are concerned. Indeed, the Government could have done far better.”

The NUGS President told Journalists at a news conference in Accra on Monday that ever since the government embarked on the load shedding exercise some three years ago, the electricity situation instead of improving has grown worse.

He said from a load shedding schedule of 12 hours light-off every 3 days, the situation has retrogressed to a 12 hour light-off every other day and the citizens of Ghana are currently being subjected to a 24 hour light-off and a paltry 12 hours of electricity.

According to Mr. Paa-Quecy Adu, “one can count himself or herself very lucky if electricity supply is not interrupted at least three times during the 12 hour period of supply. All of us can testify to the fact that, we are being subjected to the most erratic supply of electricity power ever”.

He was worried that educational institutions in the country have not been spared the erratic electricity supply saying the quality of learning in the country’s universities, polytechnics and second-cycle schools have been badly affected.

Students, he said have had to improvise under very difficult situations to study their books and lesson notes describing the situation as unacceptable and unpardonable. The current Government according to the NUGS President has a responsibility to create an enabling environment for quality teaching and learning to thrive in the country’s schools, explaining further that  ‘’NUGS is afraid that responsibility has not been met satisfactory.’’

The National President of NUGS said there is urgent need to separate long term solutions to the energy crisis from the very short term solutions which are required now to get the country out of the current crisis.

On utility bills in public schools, Mr. Paa-Quecy Adu reiterated NUGS’ position that Ghanaian students are not in any position to pay for utility bills in public schools across the country, noting that, it is gratifying that the Ministry of Education has stated that Government through Cabinet decision has decided to absolve the cost of utility bills in public schools.

He however said NUGS is still concerned about some other contradictory statements from Government officials and Heads of academic institutions on the payment of utility bills in public schools. The National President of NUGS noted that “ NUGS is hopeful that Government would honour its promise without any further delays since any attempt to force students to pay for such utility bills in the face of other rising costs of education which is already being borne by students will be met with stiff opposition from Ghanaian students.”

Mr. Paa-Quecy Adu also called on President John Mahama to as matter of urgency appoint members of the Board of Trustees for the GETFund as stipulated in section 6[2] of the Ghana Education Trust Act 2000 [Act 581] in order to ensure that the Fund operates in a more efficient and effective manner.

Source: Adovor Nutifafa | spynewsagency.com

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