The Member of Parliament for Bawku Central Mahama Ayariga says he feels scandalised that members on the side of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the House voted against his motion to ask the government to absorb fees of students in public tertiary institutions and to extend support to private universities for the 2021 academic year.
He said this is not only shocking but pure wickedness on the part of the NPP MPs especially when the covid-19 outbreak has affected the businesses of parents.
Parliament through a voice vote on Thursday, January 28, 2021, voted against the motion by the MP.
His motion was to ask the government to absorb fees of students in public tertiary institutions and to extend support to private universities for the 2021 academic year.
But the House through a voice vote had the motion thrown out.
The Minority’s side supported the motion whereas the Majority’s side voted against it.
Speaking to Kwabena Agyapong on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, he said: “I am very scandalized by their approach because my request was for the government to suspend the payment of fees and find ways to help students. It was up to the government to decide whether to absorb all the fees or support the students. I feel scandalized that the government says they cannot support university students. This is shocking. This scandalous. I am shocked and disappointed in the NPP MPs.”
Mahama Ayariga further revealed the NPP MPs promised to support him if he amends his motion.
However, he had the shock of his life when the NPP MPs voted against the motion.
The MP said he thought through the motion before filing it, adding, even without tuition fees, the public universities will function.