The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) has threatened to cease its operations if the government does not pay their Books and Research Allowances (BRA) by Monday, September 14, 2020.
A statement signed by the President of the University Teachers Asociation of Ghana (UTAG), Prof. Charles Marfo indicated that even though the government has told the Association that the allowances have been paid, no member has received any money yet.
“It is important to note that despite the fact that all the necessary and needed documentation to facilitate the payment of BRA have been presented to the appropriate institutions of government and the fact that we have been told time and again that payment has been made through the GIFMIS system, no member of UTAG has received these allowances,” parts of the statement read.
The statement went ahead to highlight that members of UTAG will stop all operations if the allowances are not paid by the end of Monday, September 14, 2020.
“Consequently to all the efforts made by UTAG, which has resulted in nothing beneficial to its members, by this release, UTAG wishes to bring to the attention of the Government that the Association will advise its members to cease from seeing to any of their functions from Monday, September 14, 2020, if by the close of the day of this set date we have still not been paid the allowances.”
The Association however pleaded with the general public and other stakeholders that, should the calendar for the next academic year be derailed, it would only be a result of the government’s inability to pay the allowances.
“UTAG wishes to inform the Public and Stakeholders that, should the next academic year’s calendar, which has already seen some disruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is further derailed it should not be blamed, but the Government’s actions and inactions in its dealing with the Association on the subject matter.”
Full statement below
Story by: Kelly Adjetey Boye | universnewsroom.com