Former MP for Zebila and NPP member, John Ndebugri says the ruling Atta Mills led administration has failed in tackling the impasse between UTAG, POTAG and the government.
He chided the NDC administration for being discriminatory in solving the ongoing Polytechnic Teachers Association of Ghana, POTAG, and the University Teachers Association of Ghana,
According to him, the President’s meeting with UTAG showed clearly that the government is being bias by deliberately exempting POTAG from the meeting.
Speaking on Citi FM’s Saturday political talk show programme, “The Big Issue” Mr. Ndebugri said the impression created among Ghanaians indicates that the Polytechnics are not a priority to the government.
President John Evans Atta Mills met Vice Chancellors of public Universities on Friday October 15, as part of efforts towards ending the two-week-long strike by University lecturers.
The meeting was aimed at resolving the impasse between the lecturers and the Government and to secure an immediate end to the strike. The lecturers want Government to exhibit commitment towards clearing several months’ salary arrears due them.
After the meeting held at the Castle, President Mills set up a committee, to look into the concerns raised by UTAG who have abandoned the lecture theatres to demand their unpaid salary arrears.
The 7-member Committee is made up of representatives from the Vice Chancellors, Ghana, UTAG, the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Employment and Social Welfare and the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission.
The Committee is to present its recommendations for the consideration of the President by Wednesday, 20th October, 2010.
John Ndebugri told Citi FM, the intervention by the president to solve the problem clearly showed the incompetence of the institutions and Ministers in charge of solving the impasse. He said Ministers in charge of the various institutions have completely failed and must face the consequences.
He added that it is unacceptable for the Ministers and Directors of Education to allow the issue to deteriorate before taking steps to solve them.
The former MP also said it is the style of the NDC administration to use “nice words” in trying to solve issues instead of taking action to solve them.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Minister Eastern Regional Minister, Baba Jamal added that the government wasted too much time in addressing the strike action by UTAG and POTAG.
He argued that the government could have averted this unfortunate situation if it had been a little proactive.