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UEW Strike: We are fully in support-UTAG

The University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) has thrown in its support and has encouraged the University of Education (UEW) chapter to continue to embark on their strike action following a court injunction on some members of the university particularly on the Vice Chancellor and the Finance Officer to step aside until determination pending before the court.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Edward Oppong Marfo on Focus FM on Tuesday shortly after their emergency meeting to take a decision on the matter, the national president of UTAG, Dr Henry L.K Agbanu stated that the association is fully in support as the UEW chapter of UTAG embarks on their strike and are also challenging the newly constituted council to look at the issue within two weeks to resolve it.

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Dr Henry, further disclosed that if nothing is done about the issue after the two weeks ultimatum given, the issue will escalate to the national level whereby all campuses in the country which are under the supervision of UTAG will join the UEW chapter to withdraw their services.

The UTAG president at KNUST prof. Forkuo on the other hand stressed that ‘’as a professional organisation we see that there is an attack on the academic freedom and we are going to fight it’’

Reacting to government’s decision to take 34% of internally generated funds (IGF) from the various public universities, Dr Henry L.K Agbanu reiterated that they are highly against it. He further added that UTAG will not accept that directive and will resist all attempts to implement it even if it takes them to close down the universities.

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By:Kesse Alfred/focusfmonline.com



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