The National Union of Ghana Students on Wednesday, 12 June 2019 paid a working visit to the Office of Ghana’s Vice-President, Dr Mahamadu Bawumia at the Jubilee House.
The discussions centred on how to improve the safety of students on campus amidst the rising spate of kidnappings.
The student leaders also discussed issues bordering on the government’s sanitation drive, the recent flooding in the country, the digitalisation agenda of the government and how NUGS can partner the government in its development agenda for the nation.
The Vice-President welcomed the NUGS delegation led by its President, Tinkaro Asare Osei.
On security issues, Mr Osei stated that: “In a time that insecurity is set to encroach on our country’s peace, it’s prudent we link up with the government to find robust, proactive and lasting solutions to it so we can protect our constituents, the future of Ghana. There’s fear and panic in our students and, as a union, we are doing our best to calm them down and promote strong belief in our country’s security”.
The NUGS president commended the government on the swift actions taken by the security services to rescue the two kidnapped Canadian women who were in Ghana on a volunteer programme.
He expressed confidence in the capacity of the government to solve the country’s security challenges and urged the security services to put appropriate measures in place to rescue the three kidnapped Takoradi women, too.
On sanitation, Mr Osei lauded the government’s vision to make Accra the cleanest city in Africa by 2020. He noted that the vision is possible only with the maximum cooperation of the Ghanaian people and pledged the willingness of NUGS in playing its part toward achieving that feat.
The union commended Dr Bawumia for championing the government’s digitisation drive with projects such as the Digital Address System, the National Identification Card among others.
Mr Osei outlined some challenges, recommendations and possible partnerships between the Ghanaian student body and the government. He commended the government for the work done in the sphere of education and indicated the availability of NUGS to support the government’s quest to provide education for all Ghanaians.
For his part, Dr Bawumia encouraged NUGS to be relentless with their service to Ghanaian students and expressed the government’s readiness to work with NUGS in making Accra the cleanest city in Africa.
NUGS met the Vice-President as part of its mandate to engage all stakeholders in achieving greater access to education and safeguarding the rights of the Ghanaian student as part of the union’s reformation agenda.