Deputy Majority Leader and Member for the Effutu Constituency, Hon. Alexander Afenyo-Markin, has described commentaries from the NDC and the Minority’s sudden interest in the motion which was rejected by Parliament, as a mere political mischief, hence must not be taken serious.
He said the Minority’s fake concern for students in the tertiary institutions is just mere mischief and anyone who attempts that must not be taken serious.
Parliament last Thursday, received a backlash from students and parents after the House shot-down a motion which sought to request the government to take urgent steps to absorb the fees of students of public tertiary institutions for the 2020/2021 academic year.
Addressing a press conference in Parliament, the Deputy Majority Leader, Hon. Alexander Afenyo-Markin, explained the reasons for the rejection of the motion by the Majority caucus, stating that the ambiguities in the motion was just too much.
He said, for the Minority to create the impression that the Majority did not want to build consensus on the issue was just to score some political points and should not be tolerated.
Clearing the perception that the government was insensitive to the plight of students, Hon. Afenyo-Markin, said the Majority caucus did not oppose the motion for any peculiar reason, but the motion itself was defective, it lacked clarity and not specific with the reliefs being sought.
Other reasons the Majority gave for rejecting the motion was the lack of specificity and the inability to provide a clear picture of which part of fees was to be put across for the government to support students and parents.
“I want everybody, particularly students and parents to know that if any relief ought to be provided, it will be done in a way that will give them ultimate benefit”. He emphasized.
According to the Leader, Hon. Mahama Ayariga, prior to filing his motion, had already put it out in the public domain and sought to court public sympathy and was on a populist journey.
He also indicated that the Government had already intervened with the fee-paying situation with other relief packages.
On Thursday January 28, Parliament by a Majority vote, rejected the motion which permits the House to request the President to take an urgent steps to absorb the fees of students of public tertiary institutions for the 2020/2021 academic year.
The motion, moved by the Member of Parliament for Bawku Central, Hon. Mahama Ayariga, also sought to extend support to accredited private universities as part of the national COVID-19 alleviation measures being implemented by the government.