NPP Running Mate UMaT explains why Bawumia's lecture was cancelled

The registrar of the university, Mr Andrews Kingsley Doku, explained that not all students agreed to the lecture by Dr. Bawumia.

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The management of the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT) has explained that a planned lecture by Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, 2016 running mate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) was cancelled to avert chaos on campus.

The registrar of the university, Mr Andrews Kingsley Doku, explained that not all students agreed to the lecture by Dr. Bawumia.

He said a section of the students approached his office to complain about the event because it was a Students' Representative Council (SRC) event and that they also pay dues so their money should not be used to host a lecture that will favour one political party.

“On the 30th of March, the SRC executives led by its president came to us and said as part of SRC week, Dr Bawumia has been invited to come and talk on the topic: ‘Peace,  a pre-requisite for economic development', so we asked them whether all the constituents of SRC had agreed and they said yes, and so we gave them the approval to go ahead to invite him,” Mr Doku said, Graphic Online quoted him as saying.

“The Vice Chancellor directed the pro-vice chancellor, me [Registrar] and the Finance Officer to give Dr Bawumia the necessary protocol that he deserves when he comes, in the presence of the SRC.”

“So we agreed that we were going to host him for him to deliver but later after the discussion, another group of students came to complain that they all pay SRC dues and SRC was politically neutral  and so why should SRC use dues of students who do not belong to Bawumia’s party to invite him. When they raised the argument we saw some merit in it and management wanted to ensure peace and harmony for academic work," he explained further.

“We didn’t want any chaos on our campus and so we invited the SRC again and we told them the complaints that have been given by the other group and we were surprised when they said they had consulted all the constituents of SRC and that they had all agreed."

Dr. Bawumia was yesterday denied access to the premises of UMaT to deliver a lecture.

In a similar event last month, Bawumia was prevented by authorities of St. Francis College of Education in the Volta region from addressing the school, citing orders from above.

Bawumia has been touring pre-tertiary schools to sell the NPP’s message of ‘arise for change’ to first time voters.

Pre-tertiary schools have become a target for the party because most of the pupils will turn 18 before the November polls.

The party has accused the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) of being behind the two incidents.

But the NDC has denied it, accusing the NPP of campaigning in pre-tertiary schools which the party says is against Ghana Education Service rules.

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