Renowned political scientist Professor Ransford Gyampo has vowed to champion the cause of University teachers following his election as Secretary of the University Teachers Association (UTAG).
He emphasized no regime will be allowed to gloss over the issues of UTAG and that the welfare of UTAG members will be fought for fiercely.
He pledged that UTAG will hold Governments accountable by praising them when they deserve it or criticizing them when it is appropriate.
“…Working with my colleagues, we won’t fight with any government. But no regime will take University Teachers for granted from now on. Some of us are too much socialized about the dogmas of Mobilization and we know how to make establishments ungovernable when we have to do so, for the purposes of pushing a greater good, to restore societal equilibrium and equity. We will negotiate peacefully and respectfully. But we will bite hard when we have to,” he asserted.
He added that “UTAG will play its role as countervailing authority to establishments and we won’t be heard only commenting on our conditions of service. We will speak up to praise Government when necessary and to, without malice and cynicism, offer sharp criticisms on all matters germane to the socio-economic and political interest of our members and Ghanaians as a whole, when we have to. The days when we looked so much into our books and neglected our own interests are gone. We will look into our books but take time to also push for our interest.”
UTAG is currently on strike demanding for better conditions of service after previous negotiations with stakeholders failed to yield expected outcomes. In the face of this and other challenges, Prof Gyampo has vowed to perform better.