Parliament to Suspend the Payment of fees for Public Universities for the 2021 academic year – Hon. Mahama Ayariga writes to Speaker
Hon. Mahama Ayariga who is the M P for the Bawku Central Constituency has written to the Speaker of Parliament for the house to resolve and call on President Nana Addo-Dankwa Akufo-Addo to suspend the payment of fees for public Universities for the 2021 academic year.
Hon. Mahama Ayariga in his letter to RT Hon. Alban Kingsford Sumana indicated that the President must be made to suspend the payment of the fees for the 2021 academic year as part of the national COVID relief programmes being implemented by Government.
“That this House Resolves to request the President of the Republic of Ghana to take urgent steps to suspend the payment of admission fees by new entrants into public tertiary education institutions and students of those institutions for the 2021 academic year as part of the national COVID relief programmes being implemented by Government” a portion of Hon. Mahama Ayariga’s letter said.
The Bawku lawmaker further indicated that the issue must be treated as an issue of Urgent Public Importance because “public tertiary institutions are reopening now and students who have been offered admission are requested to make payments before they are admitted and will loose the opportunity if they do not pay. Continuing students must also pay.”
Hon. Ayariga also explained that the economic conditions of the country at the time Parliament approved the fees for the 2021 academic year have radically changed and in the light of the devastation to household incomes engendered by COVID and other factors. Parliament and the President will obviously not insist on these fees in the light of the prevailing economic circumstances.
Below is the letter from the Member of Parliament for the Bawku Central Constituency, Hon. Mahama Ayariga to the Speaker of Parliament RT Hon. Mahama Ayariga.