By Cecil Mensah
The executives of Private Student’s Association of Ghana (PUSAG), an umbrella body of students in the private tertiary institutions, has directed its rank and file to disregard the introduction of the political gimmick dubbed, “Campus Connect” platform introduced by the Deputy Minister of Education -in Charge of Tertiary
Education, Mr Samuel Okudjeto Ablakwa, on the campuses of all private universities.
Mr Mohammed Adams Sukpare, President of PUSAG, gave these directives at a press conference in Accra.
He informed its numerous constituents, students of Ghana, stakeholders in the education industry, as well as the general public that it is disassociating itself from the “Campus Connect Series”, which is a programme that is being rolled up by the tertiary education division of the Ministry of Education under the leadership of Okudjeto Ablakwa, the Deputy Education Minister.
He appealed to President John Dramani Mahama, to immediately reassign the Deputy Minister in question or better still, remove him from office for gross incompetence, nonchalance and lack of interest in the affairs of private universities and their students across the country.
He threatened failure to heed to their call would be inimical to the electoral fortunes of the NDC government come 2016.
He explained the decision by PUSAG to withdraw from the ‘Campus Connect Series’ and subsequent call for the head of the Deputy Minister of Education in charge of tertiary was arrived at by the national leadership of the Association after deep reflection and thorough consultation with all the people that matter in respect of the issue.
The association is of the view, it is a misplaced priority and an absolute waste of time and energy for the Ministry of Education and for that matter Ablakwa’s outfit to spend huge amount of money and scarce resources to embark on that fruitless venture at the expense of the taxpayer.
“The nation’s education sector is overwhelmed with several seemingly intractable challenges which ought to be the preoccupation of Okudjeto Ablakwa and not this so called “Campus Connect Series” which we see as a deliberate attempt and a clandestine move to woo students into coming to terms with government propaganda message ahead of election 2016”.
He said in any case, Okudjeto Ablakwa cannot claim to be oblivious of the countless challenges and problems confronting university students in the country.
He said private university students, on many times have met him (Mr Ablakwa) personally to lament about the numerous problems and the needless neglect from government and its agencies.
“Mr. Ablakwa has always been dismissive of the concerns the of PUSAG with the argument that government’s primary obligation is to public universities.
Mr Ablakwa has never attended any programmes held by PUSAG even though we always send him official invitations.
Not even has he ever acknowledged receipt of any of our letters to his outfit. In fact, the least said about his demeanour and comments anytime we visit him with our issues, the better. President alleges.
According to the President, Mr Ablakwa treats matters of PUSAG with absolute disdain as if members not Ghanaian taxpayers just like their counterparts in the public universities.