Mr Speaker, thank you very much.
Mr Speaker, the issue that has been raised by the Majority Chief Whip is of much public concern.
Mr Speaker, this morning, I listened to some parents and people who have their wards at the University of Ghana, complaining about the decision of the university and what to be done to bring the matter to an amicable solution.
Mr Speaker, the issue is that the University Council has taken a decision and members of the public are not so happy about.
Mr Speaker, this House is the House of the representatives of the people and the matter has come to our attention; since we represent the people, we must bring our concerns to the attention of the University Council, to take a second look at the decision that they have taken.
Mr Speaker, I listened this morning to one Hon Member of this House, Hon Alhaji Amadu Sorogho, Member of Parliamnet for Madina who also complained that yesterday he and other Members of Parliamnet were coming to this House to attend a committee meeting
and when they reached the spot, they were asked to go back and take another route. They did not like the situation and that it took them sometime to come to the House to perform official or parliamentary duties.
Mr Speaker, yesterday some parents were one way or the other restricted in sending their wards to school and they have raised their concerns.
Mr Speaker, the issue has been raised and the Majority Chief Whip has also quoted the Hansard, showing when the Act was being passed, assurances were given by Professors, that, that aspect of the law would not be used.
Today, if it is being used, Mr Speaker, then my suggestion is that we need to bring the law back to this House to take a second look at it and if necessary, an amendment be procured in that direction.
Mr Speaker, the issue is serious; members of the public are being restricted and restriction is something which we should not condone.
Mr Speaker, I would want to say that, using your good office, the university authorities, the Ministers for Education and Roads and Highways should be brought together with Leadership to find a solution to this matter.
Mr Speaker, I would want to plead that we bring this matter to a close for our people, the members of the public to understand that we care for them and that the university should not be a republic onto itself.
Mr Speaker, I thank you for the occasion.