The University Teachers Association of Ghana, University of Ghana Branch (UG-UTAG), has strongly criticized the National Security Minister, Albert Kan-Dapaah, for his allegations against individuals in academia, civil society organizations (CSOs), and the media. The minister had accused them of using their platforms to promote false narratives in support of coups and military rule.
In a statement, UG-UTAG expressed its disapproval of the minister’s remarks, highlighting the potential negative impact on freedom of expression and Ghana’s democracy. The association emphasized that such accusations could stifle dissenting opinions and hinder individuals from exercising their fundamental right to free speech.
Professor Ransford Gyampo, the president of UG-UTAG, reiterated his condemnation during an interview, underscoring that academics do not advocate for coups. He emphasized that their role is to draw attention to factors that may contribute to the conditions that prompt military intervention. .
The statement also called upon the government and political leaders to prioritize good governance and implement people-centered policies, which would deter the military from finding coups attractive.
It emphasized that combating corruption, effectively managing the economy, and implementing proactive pro-poor policies are key aspects of preventing military interventions. These measures would help bridge the wealth gap, promote a vibrant middle class, and create a more stable political environment.
UG-UTAG’s response emphasizes the importance of protecting freedom of expression and promoting good governance as essential elements in safeguarding Ghana’s democracy and preventing military interventions.