A number of students believed to be members of the Graduate Student's Association of Ghana (GRASAG) yesterday seized the Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Haruna Iddrisu's car after they marched to the premises of the Ministry of Finance to demand the bursary owed them.
The Minister who had attempted to calm the angry mob of students found himself blocked from his vehicle, while his driver was left locked in the vehicle as the police officers present watched on helplessly.
The minister's car was blocked at all angles by the students, while sticks and large stones were placed under the tyres of the car to prevent any attempt at escape. The students were all dressed in red and carrying placards with inscriptions such as "Enough is Enough. Give us our bursary now" and "Prez Mahama must respect Graduate students."
One of the students only named as Tanko got into a scuffle with the minister's bodyguard during the protests. Tanko claimed the minister's bodyguard pulled a pistol on him when the protestors attempted to block the minister's car.
The minister apparently arrived at the scene when he got word of the protesting students on the premises of the Ministry of Finance. When he arrived, the students who claimed they numbered just about 32,000 and that they had had not received their bursary of GHC 900 over the years. The minister(Haruna Iddrisu), then promised to head for the deputy minister of finance's office to ask him to receive their petition so they release his driver and car.
"Our attention has also been drawn to a letter forwarded to the ministry of finance for payment to be effected but this has been the attitude of government over the past 6 years, which is that they will wait for an action to be taken before they see the need to act. We want to unequivocally tell government to take education with all the seriousness it deserves because education is the backbone of every nation," the students said.
It took the intervention of two military officers who dispersed the mob of students and finally allowed the driver of Haruna Iddrisu's car to go free and ease up traffic heading to the Ministry of Finance's premises.
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