The National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) is encouraging the government to respond quickly to the requests of the country’s university Senior Staff Associations (SSA).
On Wednesday, January 17, 2024, the Senior Staff Association of the Public Universities in Ghana (SSA-UoG) and the Federation of Universities Senior Staff (FUSSAG) called an indefinite national strike due to the government’s obvious disdain for their welfare.
According to the Association, their pleas for payment of their two-tier pension and overtime allowance requests went unanswered, prompting the walkout.
The walkout has resulted in the suspension of a variety of services, including healthcare, administration, and security, hurting final-year students who require close supervision from senior technicians during practical sessions.
In an interview with Citi News, NUGS President Daniel Oppong Kyeremeh described the situation as an impediment to academic advancement.
He said, “We’ve had complaints, especially from students who are now in their final year, third year, and particularly science students who will mostly be engaging in practical sessions, needing these senior officers, especially technicians in the labs. The students are all complaining because they have not started their final-year projects and will need the strict supervision of these technicians, who are senior members. All these individuals are needed in the labs and offices. Each role played by these individuals helps in the smooth running of academic activities.”
“We are just asking the government to sit down with these unions and come to an agreement with them. According to their conversations, they have been fighting for these conditions of service for years, and the government keeps rescheduling meetings and not giving them proper attention.”
Mr. Oppong also urged the administration to explain why it is unable to satisfy the expectations for improved service conditions. He emphasized that the lack of critical services from senior personnel was impeding academic advancement.