*DATE: JUNE 11, 2016*
*FROM : GHANA TERTIARY STUDENT ACTIVISTS*
*TO: ALL MEDIA HOUSES, MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, MINISTRY OF POWER*
*WILL GHANAIAN STUDENTS PAY UTILITY BILL AFTER THE SAID CONCESSIONAL PRIVATIZATION OF ELECTRICITY COMPANY OF GHANA?*
It has become necessary for GHANA TERTIARY STUDENT ACTIVISTS to intervene at this hour. We believe the leadership of our mother bodies NUGS and USAG seem not to have identify the potential future implications of the concessional privatization of ELECTRICITY COMPANY OF GHANA (E. C. G) by the government to the ordinary Ghanaian student.
The issue of tertiary students having to pay utility bill has over the few weeks generated controversies among stakeholders of which we believe temporarily we have been able to overcome. That not withstanding, we are glad as a group and with the assistance of our mother bodies and the media, we have been able to kick against payment of Utility bill by students.
The emerging development of concessional privatization of E. C. G. by the government as part of the compact two agreement has come to the notice of the Ghana Tertiary Student Activists.
We have been following the debates over the concessional privatization of E. C. G. for the past days but has little to contribute because we believe the expects in energy know best and should as such guide the government in it’s decision. That not withstanding, our major concern is an assurance from government in the form of a signed documents to assure Ghanaian students that, government of Ghana will continue to take care of the cost of Utility even after the concessional privatization of the company.
Though not willing to join the political debate over the concessional privatization, we believe the concessional privatization of E. C. G. will not be a good idea. E. C. G. as it is stands is not a profit making venture though our parents are already paying high tariffs. Concessional privatization of E. C. G will mean profit maximization component forming part of the already high tariffs.
That not withstanding, the ultimate power still resides with the government to accept our position not to go ahead with the concessional privatization of E. C. G or not. However we are not ready to trade to right to education of Ghanaian students for any government policy. The cost of tertiary education must be affordable to all so that it does not become a privilege to the few wealthy in society.
If the concessional privatization will mean Ghanaian Students bearing the cost of Utility bill, we are calling on the government to reverse it’s position on it’s concessional privatization.
We shall use all legally acceptable ways to prevent the concessional privatization of E. C. G, if students will have to pay Utility bill in the near future. Ghanaian students cannot suffer for no fault of theirs.
*University of Ghana*
*✍🏼YIADOM BOAKYE EMMANUEL*
*✍🏼Robert Bosco Owusu*
*University of Cape Coast.*