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06 August 2017

Ayariga to sue authorities of universities over ‘killer’ fees

Chairman of the Subsidiary Legislation Committee of Parliament, Mahama Ayariga has indicated he’ll sue authorities of the various universities across the country if they fail to reverse the astronomical fees for the 2017/2018 academic.

The MP for Bawku Central’s threat comes after the universities failed to seek Parliamentary approval for the new fees as stipulated by law. Parliament is currently on recess.

Barely a fortnight ago, some concerned students of the University of Ghana petitioned the Speaker of Parliament, Professor Mike Oquaye over what they describe as exorbitant academic fees being charged by the school.

They accused the university authorities of arbitrarily increasing fees every new academic year, a situation they said makes life unbearable.

They pleaded with Parliament to scrutinise the fees before the university is allowed to bill students. A copy of the petition was also copied to the Minister of State in charge of Tertiary Education.

In an interview with Joy FM, Mahama Ayariga who felt strongly about the issue said he’ll mount a legal challenge against the fees for the right thing to be done.

“If that happens then it will be the court to decide what should be done. What others have proposed is for the universities should maintain the fees that they charged for last academic year and wait for Parliament to resume and then the proposals they’ve made will be laid before the House for consideration. I’m likely to mount a legal challenge becuase I raised the issue long ago, they had all the time and they haven’t done it.”

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