The 25th Annual Delegates’ Congress of the Teacher Trainees’ Association of Ghana (TTAG) which was scheduled to take place at St. Ambrose College of Education in the Dorma Akwamu District of the Bono Region is in limbo as teacher trainees across the 46 Accredited Public College of Education (delegates) are left stranded.
Information picked by Coverghana.com.gh news team suggest that, in less than 24hours to the National Delegates’ Congress, a directive came from the National Secretariat of TTAG to its five administrative Sectors thus: ASHABA Sector, ATTRICONS, EGA Sector, WEC Sector and VOLTA Sector indicating a change of venue from St. Ambrose College of Education to Berekum College of Education.
According to the National Secretariat of TTAG, unknown individuals has forged the Association’s letterhead and drafted a letter of request to the office of the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr. James Oppong – Boanuh of the Ghana Police Service for approval to hold its National Congress at St. Ambrose College of Education.
The fake letter as described by the National Secretariat of TTAG was responded to by the office of the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr. James Oppong – Boanuh signed by Mr. Joseph Owusu-Ansah, the assistant Commissioner of Police asking the leadership of the Association to postpone its 25th Annual Delegates’ Congress until the upcoming December 2020 polls.
The forged letter from the office of the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr. James Oppong – Boanuh seems worrying but the leadership of TTAG has no other choice to change the venue to Berekum College of Education since the St. Ambrose College of Education Principal at the eleventh hour declined to host them for the Congress.
According to some of the National Officers, they were later threatened not to hold Congress at Dorma. It was reported that, the Dorma Akwamu Police command has been instructed through the Regional Cammand not to allow the Association to organize it programme within his juridiction.
According to information reported to Coverghana.com.gh, the leadership immediately contacted the Berekum College of Education Principal to accommodate them since delegates across the country who started their journey to St. Ambrose College of Education were stranded on their way.
The Berekum Principal, according to report has accepted to accommodate the Teacher Trainees and their leadership but later declined to host them few hours after the arrival of four out of five administrative Sectors of TTAG following another directive from the Police Service and some government officials.
Currently, TTAG Volta Sector (Teacher Trainees from the Volta and Oti regions), ATTRICONS (Teacher Trainees from the then three Northern Regions), WEC Sector (Teacher Trainees from Western and Central regions) and EGA (Teacher Trainees from Eastern and Greater Accra regions) were present except ASHBA Sector (Teacher Trainees from the then Ashanti and Bono Ahafo Regions).
It is unclear as to whether, the Police Service has the right to imposed a decision on the Association not to organize it Congress or not.
In responding to the development, the Association has issued a disclaimer on its official Facebook page with the caption “DISCLAIMER: National Secretary Signature Forged On A FAKE Letterhead” which reads;
“It is sad that attempts have been made by certain people to prevent the impending congress and election at all cost. The National Secretary signature has been forged on a forged letterhead purportedly to have been sent to the IGP. Ignore all those fake claims. National Congress comes off unabated. The alleged response from the IGP office is also forged and appropriate legal action shall be taken against these individuals at the right time. TTAG first!!! We mean well.” The statement reads.
Few minutes later, the National Secretary of the Teacher Trainees’ Association of Ghana (TTAG) Mr. Issah Tuaha has issued his personal disclaimer distancing himself from the forged letterhead since he is one of the administrative signatories of the Association. The disclaimer issued by the secretary reads;
“As the National Secretary of Teacher Trainees Association of Ghana, I have not signed any letter nor am I aware of any letter written to the Inspector General of Police requesting for permission to hold congress.
I must add that, the letter is fake and same as the letterhead. That is not the official letterhead of TTAG. Funny enough, the alleged police response to the fake letter is fake. The letter is very fake, I should add. I urge all teacher trainees to ignore immediately the scheming and grand machinations to prevent us from holding our National Delegates Congress.
Nothing has changed and so we are marching forward to St. Ambrose College of Education to protect the soul and spirit of Teacher Trainees Association of Ghana. We are very much aware that certain individuals are working day and night to avoid congress and elections but God that almighty has exposed them big time. Thank you very much.”
The publicly hyped event expect to receive some key stakeholders including the Minister of Education Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh as Special Guest of Honour is in limbo as Teacher Trainees and some invited guests are left stranded.
Information available to us further suggest that, the National President of the Teacher Trainees’ Association of Ghana (TTAG) Mr. Augustine Appiah is a brain behind the acts. This is because, he has abondoned the National Congress and all efforts to reach him through phone calls proved futile. Earlier, Mr. Augustine Appiah is said to have ordered the various Sectors to suspend their Congress and allow delegates to go home. His directive was disregarded by the five administrative Sectors of TTAG since he has no right as an individual to stop them from organizing Sector Congress.
Currently, the Teacher Trainees are stranded at the Berekum College of Education.
Find below copy of the letters.
Find attached, screen of post made by the Association on it’s official Facebook page.
Below is the post made by the national Secretary on his Facebook wall.