In anticipation of the conclusion of discussions with the government over their demand for a 20 percent Cost of Living Allowance, President Akufo-Addo has urged striking teachers to return to the classroom (COLA).
At this year’s Eid-ul-Adha celebration, the President pleaded with the teachers to return to the classroom in the spirit of sacrifice, as the administration and Organized Labour attempted to find a compromise on their demand.
“I want to add my voice to the appeal for the teachers to return to classrooms pending the outcome of negotiation with government so that the education of our children, some of whom are preparing to sit their final exams is not affected,” President Akufo-Addo said, when he joined Islamic faithful at the Independence Square in Accra to celebrate Eid-ul-Adha, the feast of the sacrifice.
Four teacher unions on Monday, July 4, 2022, declared an indefinite nationwide strike to press home their demand for the Government to pay a 20 percent COLA in view of rising cost of living in the country. But the Government and Organised Labour met on Friday, July 8, 2022, and agreed to begin negotiations on July 12, 2022, on the teachers’ demand.
The President stated that everyone must make the necessary sacrifices in order to overcome the present economic problems since the globe is in a terrible situation.
“We are in a terrible position, the world is in a difficult place,” he added. “Leaders throughout the globe are working hard to overcome the fundamental difficulties that have thrown the world into the current economic situation it finds itself in.”
According to President Akufo-Addo, the government has lowered the discretionary spending of Ministries, Departments, and Agencies as well as the salaries of all political appointees by 30%.
To give us the room to traverse the choppy waters of the current economic troubles, he stated, “We all have to make some sacrifices.”
Muslims in Ghana were urged by President Akufo-Addo to live in peace with one another and themselves because “only by doing so shall we achieve our ambition of making Ghana big and powerful.”
“Let us on this day establish peace with ourselves and our fellow human beings and hold tight to the rope that Allah has joined us with, the rope of Ghana,” he added, adding that Islam stands for peace and submission to Allah’s will.
Shiekh Usman Nuhu Sharabutu, the nation’s chief imam, advised Muslims to maintain their faith and confidence in Allah despite the nation’s current economic difficulties.
The Chief Imam remarked, “The Almighty Allah has ways of accomplishing things, and as a country we must not lose confidence in Allah, but rather trust that He will fortify us, just as He did for Abraham when he asked for the sacrifice of his son Ismael.
The Chief Iman prayed for the President and the government to have divine guidance as they navigate the current difficulties.
He also prayed for national harmony, wealth, and advancement.