The National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) has bid Dr Mathew Opoku Prempeh farewell as he leaves office as the Minister of Education.
A delegation that visited the former minister in his office was led by NUGS President Isaac Hyde and included representatives from NUGS’ constituent bodies such as the University Students Association of Ghana (USAG), Graduate Students Association of Ghana (GRASAG), Ghana Union of Professional Students (GUPS) and Teacher Trainees Association of Ghana (TTAG).
The delegation presented a sash and a citation to Dr Opoku Prempeh which hailed the Free SHS programme, which, in the union’s view, has provided an immense opportunity to many children who would otherwise not be able to access SHS education.
NUGS conferred the title ‘Dr. Free SHS’ on the former minister, which he accepted.
Following the presentation, Dr Prempeh expressed appreciation for the kind gesture by NUGS and its constituent bodies and emphasised that the government of President Nana Akufo-Addo came into office in 2017 as evangelists to preach their manifesto.
Particularly on Free SHS, he stated that there were many doubts but the government was prepared to “walk the talk” and remained focused.
Dr Prempeh also expressed delight that he was leaving office with one NUGS, as opposed to a fragmented one, in place, and recalled his experience as a NUGS leader back in university.
He encouraged NUGS to foster its relationships among its constituent bodies and also with the government and urged them to avoid partisanship when engaging on national issues.
Dr Prempeh has been appointed by President Akufo-Addo the Minister-designate for Energy.