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The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) has said that the association remains steadfast in its commitment to continuous dialogue and collaboration with all relevant stakeholders to address pressing national issues.

As part of this commitment, UTAG said that as the intellectual hub of the nation, they will actively engage with political parties and their leaders to deepen and expand the frontiers of democratic electoral campaigning in the 21st century.

The University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) convened its Third Quarter National Executive Council (NEC) meeting at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) on Thursday, June 27, 2024, with representation from all member universities.

A communique that was issued after extensive deliberations stated among other things that “The Dialogue Series focuses on creating a neutral platform for political parties led by their Flagbearers to engage the Ghanaian people in an objective intellectual discourse on the state of the economy and to afford them the opportunity to elaborate on their proposed policy measures for dealing with the challenges,” UTAG said in its 3rd quarter 2024 communiqué.

The communiqué further stated “This initiative is intended to enhance our understanding of the political governance options and ideas that will shape the next phase of our democratic development.

“Thus, UTAG firmly believes that the Dialogues will foster a more informed and engaged electorate, contributing to the overall democratic process and the nation’s development.”

Regarding their Book and Research Allowance (BRA), UTAG NEC called upon the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC) and the Ministry of Finance to expedite the processing and payment of the Allowance  for the academic year, which is due by August. NEC reiterates that, according to the conditions of service, all Academic Senior Members, including academic librarians and those on study leave as per Section of the Human Resource Policy Framework and Manual for Ghana Public Services, are eligible beneficiaries of the BRA.

It is imperative that these payments are made in a timely manner to support our members’ research activities and academic growth during the period.

Read the full communique here