The Busua branch of the Ghana National Association of Teachers(GNAT) in Nkoranza North District has given the government and Chiefs and Elders of the town a one-month ultimatum to prosecute ‘murderers’ of their colleague teacher or they’ll advise themselves.
According to the association, barely four months after their colleague Karim Abubakar was suspected to have been killed on 15th June 2019, nothing has been done or head after three suspects were arrested in connection with the 28-year-old teacher’s death.
The Nkoranza North District GNAT Secretary, Ahenakwa Simon who addressed a press conference over the issue on Friday stated that the death of Karim has put a lot of fear in the other teachers as they fear they could also be victims.
“The killing of our brother has left us with a lot of fear, we don’t know who will be next. Karim was a hardworking 28-year-old teacher who had sent his students to write the 2019 BECE. He slept overnight and while he was coming home the next day he was accosted and killed. We’re particularly worried that several months after some suspects were picked up in connection with the murder nothing has been done. Justice is being delayed and it’s a great concern to us.
“This is not the first time we’re recording such murder here in Nkoranza North. About three years ago, the Yefri Circuit Supervisor, Edward Opoku was also murdered. In his case no was has been arrested yet and the case is almost dead. But we can’t sit down for such things to happen to our colleagues. Since the beginning of this term in September about 80 teachers have gone for transfer outside this area and we know that the fear of losing their lives here motivated them to leave,” Ahenakwa Simon added.
He added that failure of the District Assembly to enhance the security of teachers in the area will compel them to advise themselves.