The Ministry of Communications has said the Ghana Technology University College (GTUC) Bill, will be laid before Parliament in the first quarter of next year.

According to the Ministry, it is collaborating with the Education Ministry to hasten the process for the passage of the Bill into law.

In 2016, the then government announced that it was initiating steps to take over the Ghana Technology (Telecom) University College from Vodafone Ghana Limited.

Subsequently, a draft bill to give effect to the transfer process was prepared and considered by the Attorney-General’s Department to complete the takeover during the 2016/2017 academic year, but that has not been fulfilled.

However, speaking on the issue after a ceremony to swear in the institution’s interim governing council, Communications Minister, Ursula Owusu Ekuful, said all efforts are being put in place to ensure the autonomy of the University.

“I am working with the Minister of Education to achieve this. The Bill will go through parliament once we complete that process. It is a core organization in the government’s digital agenda.

“We do need a trained workforce with the right skills to assist the government and the nation itself and transit from this informal economy to a digital economy,” she added.

Last September, lecturers at the Ghana Technology University College (GTUC) embarked on an indefinite strike over government’s failure to constitute its governing council saying that the absence of the council was affecting the smooth running of the school.

Students were stranded in their various lecture halls, following the decision by their lecturers to down their tools.