Mr Speaker, I beg to moved, clause 3, subclause (2), delete.
Mr Speaker, I am still insisting on its deletion and I hope most of my Hon Colleagues would support this. In the sense that if we restrict movement within or into the universities, I can assure you, we will gradually be turning our universities into secondary schools.
I have heard arguments from Hon Members talking about international best practices. Mr Speaker, I have had the opportunity of going to Harvard, there is no main entrance. You go to Oxford, there is no main entrance. You have an easy access around. It is only when you want to enter any building or any facility, that is when it will be required.
Mr Speaker, if you look at the University of Ghana today, even the road leading from Tetteh-Quarshie to Madina is part of Legon. If you say, upon entry you need permission, that means, all the tro tros that ply that route must have permission. All the taxis must have permission.
Mr Speaker, as Hon Members of this House, if you are not an alumnus of the University of Ghana, Legon and there is anything that you need to do to enhance your supervisory role, you would need to ask permission.
Mr Speaker, knowing the systems that we run very well, if you want to go to take permission and somebody is very much aware - let me use this unpopular example, the current unrest with regard to Commonwealth Hall, and maybe, as an alumnus - or no, maybe, as an Hon Member of Parliament, you think you needed some information to make a Statement to either support or against whatever they are doing and you were going to enter the university premises, I can assure you, Mr Speaker, even when you go to ask permission, the university can decide to deny you.
Therefore, you will not have entry. I think we will be making the university - Mr Speaker, I hate to say -- a kind of - it
is an ivory tower but we will be making it too restrictive. I do not think even the seat of government in this country, you need permission to go to the Castle. What you need is, when you get to the gate, they will find out what your permission is, whom you are going to see, then they will facilitate to make sure that you are screened to go and see whoever you would want to see.
But what we are going to do, I can assure you, at the main entrance of the University of Ghana, a security man would ask you for your permission and without it, he would not ask you to enter.
With this, Mr Speaker, I would want my Hon Colleagues to carefully think through this. If we want to restrict it to the use of their facilities, yes. But to say, “no entry”, Mr Speaker, I wish that this subclause was completely deleted.
I thank you, Mr Speaker.