The government has been requested by the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) to pay them their Book and Research Allowance (BRA) for the 2023–2023 academic year by Saturday, October 21.
It stated that they will start an industrial action if this warning is not taken seriously.
In a statement made public on Monday, October 16, UTAG issued the warning. Dr. Elliasu Mumuni, national secretary, and Professor Mamudu A. Akudugu, national president, both signed the statement.
Tension on campuses is reportedly being caused by the payment’s delay, according to the announcement.
“UTAG clarifies that the implementation of the National Research Fund should not replace the infamous Book and Research Allowance (BRA), which is a critical component of the conditions of service of the Members of UTAG, which has been delayed unduly for the already completed 2022/2023 Academic year as many Lecturers in public universities are yet to receive this reimbursable expenditure. This is creating tension on our campus.”
“We are urging the Government to ensure that all UTAG Members receive their BRA by the 21st of October to avoid disrupting industrial harmony,” UTAG stated in the release.
In the meanwhile, UTAG denounced the nation’s recent experiences with media attacks.
The Association claims that these changes do not serve the interests of the country.
“Congress of UTAG observed with sadness the increasing attacks on the freedom of expression and of the Media. These developments are not in the interest of our growing democratic dispensation.”
“The recent attacks on journalists and some media houses in the country are attacks on freedom of expression as guaranteed in Chapter 12 of Article 162 of the 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana.”
It has thus asked the Ghana Police Service to immediately arrest and prosecute the culprits.
“While condemning these acts of violence and lawlessness, UTAG commends the police for acting swiftly to arrest some individuals who recently attacked journalists and panelists at United Television (UTV).”
“We call on the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to ensure that perpetrators of all attacks on journalists, including the one on Citi FM journalists, media houses and killings of journalists in the country, are arrested and prosecuted without fail.”