The Graduate Students Association of Ghana (GRASAG) is threatening to embark on a demonstration against government on Wednesday to demand for the payment of its bursary and thesis grant.
The Association planned to picket at the Flagstaff House last week but called off the action with the aim of engaging government further on the issue.
But a statement signed by the President of the Association, Rashid Kwesi Etuaful and copied to citifmonline.com said their concerns have still not been adequately addressed.
He said the Association’s meeting with the Scholarship Secretariat and the Ministry of Education in a bid to have the payments initiated also proved futile.
The planned demonstration will see the thousands of graduate students march from Obra Spot through Nkrumah Avenue, Kinbu SHS – Tema Station – Atta Mills High Street to the Hearts of Oak Park (Art Centre) where it will hold a press conference before submitting a petition to the Ministry of Finance and the President through the Chief of Staff.
Read the full statement below:
GRASAG DEMONSTRATES AGAINST DELAY OF BURSARIES AND THESIS GRANT THIS WEDNESDAY, 28.09.16 The leadership of Graduate Students’ Association of Ghana (GRASAG) last week called off the planned picketing at the Flagstaff House to press home our demand for the release of bursary and thesis grant. The main reason behind the call off among several others was to engage government further, as moves were made by same but unfortunately as at now we have not been able to get government to give us definite assurance on the release of our bursaries and thesis grant. Again, meetings with the Scholarship Secretariat and the Ministry of Education have not yielded the desired results. Leadership thus announces to all members, the media and the general public that our planned Demonstration comes off this Wednesday, 28th September, 2016 as communicated earlier. On this note, members are expected to report at Obra Spot, Kwame Nkrumah Circle at 7:30am and are humbly requested to wear any Black or Red attire for the demonstration or any attire with a touch of GRASAG. The GRASAG National President will address the gathering briefly after which we will all March through some principal streets of Accra and end at the Hearts of Oak Park, National Arts Centre.
Routes For The Demonstration Obra Spot
Nkrumah Avenue – Farisco Traffic Light – Kinbu SHS – Tema Station – Atta Mills High Street – Hearts of Oak Park (Art Centre) There will be a press conference at the Hearts of Oak Park after the Demonstration to brief the media on this action. Petitions will also be presented to the Ministry of Finance and the President through the Chief of Staff.
Conclusion & Special Invitation
Leadership will use this opportunity to invite all graduate students and stakeholders of Ghana’s education to come out in their numbers to support this good cause. Thank you. Long live GRASAG Long live Ghana
Signed RASHID KWESI ETUAFUL