THE SANE UTAG PRESIDENT OF UEW
Truly one is not bound to take a decision when confused. What am I hearing ? That UTAG branch of UEW goes on an indefinite strike. Really for what reason? Is it for the fact that The VC and F.O have been injuncted? Where does the injunction affect the existence and daily operations of UTAG?
Indeed Martin Luther King Jr’s. statement, the silence of good people is more dangerous than the brutality of the bad person is real.
Since when did it become that, few minority take a selfish and individualistic decision for it to be imperative on the majority?
Dr. Bekoe and his few selfish cohorts who have been beneficiaries of the supposed illegal transactions made by the victims of today’s high court ruling should for once think twice and stop making vulnerable,the innocent students who have paid fees and needs their service as lecturers.
At least can’t Dr. Bekoe who is spearheading this illegal strike also be forced by his conscience that, the students, and their poor parents after struggling to pay that huge unwarranted fees deserve something better rather than the self awarding contracts that goes on up there?
I don’t intend, to lament about whether there is any strike or not. Our problem has to do with the fact that, The UTAG President Dr. Bekoe has been a living witness to the massive ,improper and malfeasant deals that have bedridden our university. Therefore as an upright and level headed persons as we are, we highly expect that the interest of the students through whom we get meaning to our living here on UEW campus should be prioritized rather than been petty and allowing the name of a respectable body like UTAG to be ran down by meddling in this issue.
As a matter of fact, no one gave you our consent to in the first place get a lawyer only for UTAG to be slapped with a fine, let alone calling a strike. No it’s never our plan and we will be in class to teach no matter what.
The last time, you were roaring and lamenting that you had documents of the illegal deals of the F.O and even called the VC to warn him. What changed today?
The fact that you have been promised Asso. Prof doesn’t mean the entire lecturers should dance to your tune by leaving our work in the name of sympathy and solidarity.
This is a clarion call to you to reverse your thoughts about the strike before we openly disobey your selfish decision.
We are not on strike
The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Dome Kwabenya constituency in the Greater Accra Region has responded to Adwoa Sarfo the Member of Parliament for the area in the wake of controversies surrounding the construction of a Community Day SHS in her constituency.
According to the party, it is shocked by the fact that “Lawyer Adwoa Sarfo seems to be telling one lie or the other to the people of Dome Kwabenya and Ghanaians at large.”
The deputy Majority leader in a viral video is reported to have said the Kwabenya Community Day School was constructed due to her relationship with the World Bank. She claimed to have lobbied for the school to be built.
The said school is one of the 200 Community Day Schools promised and initiated by the former President John Mahama.
The Procurement Minister has also claimed she constructed the Hatso Market of which she has posted some videos on her Facebook wall, but the NDC described this as shocking.
Speaking at press conference Friday, former Minister for Tourism, Zita Okaikoi urged Adwoa Sarfo to “stop the lies” or lose her credibility.
“She must stop taking credit for what she has not done. If she wants credit, she should construct the road in front of her house and other roads in the area. She is a fine woman but she must stop peddling falsehood,” Zita Okaikoi said.
For his part, former MCE for GA East, John Kwao Sackey, told Radiogold905.com the MP’s comment is a lie and should be ignored.
“The Assembly approved the acquisition of land for the construction of the school for the Municipality at Kwabenya. She was not MP by then. The Assembly only took the advantage and applied to be considered when visionary leader Mahama promised to build 200 schools across the country.”
“The Haatso Market was started by the NDC when NPP came to power for the 8 years they never did anything till when we came back and completed it. We never had so many problems when Prof. Mike Ocquaye was the MP because he always checked for his facts. Adwoa Sarfo should learn from him,” he counseled.
President Nana Akufo-Addo has advised the 199 approved Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs)to avoid conflicts with sitting Members of Parliament, as this frustrates the work of government.
He said, “a lot of the tension that arises in the districts and frustrates the work of government comes from the at times fractious relationship between Members of Parliament and Chief Executives. Please avoid such conflicts and let the MPs get their share of the Common Fund timeously.”
Stressing that he cannot and would not want to issue any edicts on anybody’s political ambitions, he noted that “it is enough to point out that many of the tensions between Chief Executives and MPs also start when Chief Executives want to run for Parliament.”
He continued, “I mention it as something worth keeping in mind as a possibility of the source of trouble. And also, do not overlook one important historical fact. The misfortunes of the ruling parties in the general elections of 2000, 2008 and 2016 had a lot to do with the collapse in relations between Chief Executives and MPs of the then ruling parties.”
To this end, President Akufo-Addo indicated that “the new paradigm of effective governance demands maximum co-operation between Chief Executive, MPs and the new kids on the block, the officials of the Development Authorities. The closer and more sincere will be the co-operation, the greater and more extensive will be the development.”
President Akufo-Addo made this known on Wednesday, when he addressed an orientation programme organised for the 199 approved MMDCEs by the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Government, at the Institute of Local Government Services, at Ogbojo.
The President reminded the MMDCEs that whereas the Minister for Local Government, Hajia Alima Mahama MP, has oversight responsibility for decentralisation implementation and local government, Regional Ministers are also required to monitor and evaluate your performance and submit periodic reports to him.
“I expect you to accord Regional Ministers all their due respect, as they are the President’s representatives in the Regions,” he added.
The President also reminded the MMDCEs of the “new layer of accountability within government – the new Ministry of Monitoring and Evaluation.”
This Ministry, he told the MMDCEs, has a broad remit to oversee what is going on in the entire government machinery, and make recommendations to the President on its improvement.
Use Common Fund Judiciously
With a lot of funds soon to flow into the districts, President Akufo-Addo assured that every attempt will be made to get the Common Fund allocations to the Chief Executives regularly and on time.
He, however, urged the Chief Executives to work on their internally generated funds, as they will not make the progress they should if the development programmes of their localities are solely dependent on the relatively meagre sums they get from the Common Fund allocation.
“Please apply your DACF judiciously towards the execution of planned and approved projects. It is not for recurrent expenditure. It is not for recurrent expenditure and should not be misused or abused.
“It is a good idea quickly to get your Assemblies to restructure your financial operational system and targets, to take advantage of the new initiatives introduced by the government to promote accelerated economic growth,” he added.
President Akufo-Addo also urged the MMDCEs to help build the capacity of unit and zonal councils of the MMDAs, and also allocate resources to allow them to play their proper roles in the local governance system.
“I do not intend to start any new controversy, but I will say this: we need to take a closer look at the unit committees and zonal councils especially, and see how effective they can be. If we need to do some radical realignment of the structures, we should not be afraid to do so.
“This would be a good time to take a close look at the things that work and those that do not, and not carry a lot of baggage simply because they are on the books,” he added.
The President also urged the Chief Executives, as chairs of their respective Security Committees, “to ensure peace and law and order in your districts. All our plans will only work if there is peace. I advise you to be careful and tactful in managing issues of intelligence and security.”
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