The Ghana School of Law (GSL) is urging the government to refrain from tapping into the school’s internally generated funds (IGF), citing adverse effects on the institution’s plans for infrastructure development.
Barima Yaw Kodie Oppong, the Director of the school, revealed that in the year 2023 alone, GSL contributed an excess of 12 million Ghana cedis to the government. Speaking at the induction ceremony for 994 successful law school entrance exam candidates, Oppong implored Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, to intervene and put an end to this practice.
Highlighting GSL’s unique financial situation, Oppong stated, “The Ghana School of Law is the sole educational institution obliged to remit a portion of its IGF to the government. In fact, last year, we handed over more than 12 million Ghana cedis to the government. Until recently, the government was claiming over 30% of our IGF.”
Addressing the Speaker, Oppong urged him to advocate for a complete waiver of the IGF collection, allowing the school to undertake crucial infrastructural projects required to accommodate the growing number of law students gaining admission.
“So, if you can persuade your esteemed friend, the president, to reduce it from 34% to 25%, we have also petitioned Parliament for a complete waiver, even of the 25%. This is so that, before you conclude your term and attend the next induction, which may be your last in this term, you will witness substantial construction for infrastructure expansion.”
Expressing confidence in Bagbin’s influence, Oppong added, “I know that when you set your sights on something, even the executive takes notice. I am certain that in a short time, you will not only secure the return of our IGF but also prompt other financial institutions, including state entities, to provide the necessary facilities.”
“This is imperative as, despite the insufficient infrastructure, we are still unable to meet the reasonable needs of Ghanaians,” he concluded.