Stop meddling ‘blindly’ in UEW affairs – UTAG national executives warned
Members of the University Teachers of Ghana (UTAG) at the University of Education, Winneba, have called on UTAG National Executives to stop meddling in the affairs of the University.
According to the UTAG members on the UEW campus, the national executives of the teacher union are inflaming passions and causing unnecessary fear and panic among students and lecturers instead of ensuring peace and order.
At a news conference held Thursday at the university, spokesperson of the lecturers, Eric Sakyi Nketsiah, called on the UTAG President, Dr Eric Opoku Mensah, to resign with immediate effect because he has failed the association.
The group further alleged that Dr Eric Opoku Mensah continues to misinform, deceive and, more seriously, incite students to escalate their protest to the level of violence.
“It is unethical, unprecedented and morally out of order for a UTAG National President who is supposed to seek the welfare of his members to endanger the lives of members of a group he leads by inciting students to commit acts of violence leading to the destruction of both individual and University property,” a statement issued after the press conference stated.
The UTAG members at UEW also stated categorically that UTAG National Executives do not have the locus and power to speak on the current developments at UEW.
According to them, UTAG National has abandoned its core responsibility to consult them on current matters in which they have the greatest interest.
“That we reject and dismiss UTAG-National posturing of arrogating unto itself the power to represent us, purporting to speak for us and on our behalf, and attempting to coerce us into accepting what they falsely seek to put into the public domain on issues affecting our University,” the statement said further.
They further called on President Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the Minister of Education, and all well-meaning alumni and Ghanaians who have the development of the University at heart to treat the UTAG National’s Press Statement with all the contempt it deserves.
They urged also stakeholders to support the Governing Council and the Vice-Chancellor to continue with the progressive steps they have initiated in the last few months to radically develop and transform this University for mother Ghana.