John Dumelo, a film actor and 2020 Parliamentary candidate for Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has lambasted and expressed disappointment in the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Caucus for voting against the suspension of tertiary fee in the legislative house.
The defeated parliamentary candidate took to his Twitter page to explain that Covid-19 has negatively affected many businesses tremendously hence the need to suspend tertiary fees across the country because of “the inability of parents to afford fees for their wards.”
Many Twitter users have commented on John Dumelo’s post explaining to him that the government is spending huge sums of money already on the free SHS policy which subjects the country to financial difficulties hence the need to vote against the motion.
This was after Mahama Ayariga, MP for Bawku Central raised a motion in Parliament calling on the government to suspend the payment of tertiary fees this year making references to the impacts of Covid-19 on economic activities.
While the NDC Caucus supported the motion claiming that the suspension of the fees is necessary due to the economic hardship imposed on parents by the Covid-19 pandemic, the NDC Caucus opined that it was unnecessary because there are already interventions to support students to cater for their fees.
The NPP Caucus, therefore, voted against the motion which necessitated Dumelo’s tweet.