UG averts protest by students; agrees to resolve issues of power, shuttle services

Management of the University and the SRC executives.[/caption] Management of the University of Ghana on Thursday took steps to avert a planned demonstration by the students over inefficient campus shuttle services and lack of operationalisation of a back-up power generator. The students have been agitating over what they described as astronomical increment in the Road Safety and Transport Consultancy (RSTC) system, which they say is ineffective. According to them, the services have since its introduction, seen over 100 per cent increment yet the RSTC has not provided enough buses for the shuttle services. [caption id="attachment_102236" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] The students say the shuttle services have been ineffective yet seen over 100% increment since its inception[/caption] Again, the students claim a back-up power generator which was procured in the 2014/2015 academic year during the peak of power outages in the country, have not been operationalised by the management of the university. On the back of these issues, the Students Representative Council on Wednesday threatened to demonstrate against the university authorities this week with the view to getting them to address their concerns which have been lingering on for a very long time. But in the wake of protest at KNUST by students which turned violent, and to avert the similar incident at the University of Ghana, the university management on Wednesday met with the SRC to dialogue on the issues, the university’s media, has reported. The SRC and the university management reached a consensus on the issues tabled at the meeting, as a number of measures and actions have been agreed on to ensure that the students’ issues are dealt with expeditiously. “Some of the issues bordered on the use of generators during power outages, efficiency in the shuttle services and safety and security,” reported.

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  • The SRC buses are expected to resume operations on campus from October 25 or latest October 29. This will precede final talks with management to complete the paper works.
  • The University management has taken up the sole responsibility of maintaining and fueling the power generating plant for the 2018/2019 academic year. By Monday servicing for all generators on the main campus are going to be worked on.
  • Subsequently the SRC in conjunction with school management will come up with a working document that will seek to fund the fueling and maintenance of the generator sets from next academic year.
  • The University is to furnish the SRC with all documents pertaining to the procurement of the generator sets and how much has been accrued from the yearly billing of students with the “Generator Fee” component.
Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ebenezer Oduro Owusu chaired the meeting was quoted to have assured the students that their welfare was paramount, hence management would ensure they have a conducive environment to enhance their on campus. Prof. Owusu advised the students to consider dialogue as the best option to having their concerns addressed, and asked them to ensure they exhaust all processes available to them before taking further action. “It is not as though the SRC Legon wants to step out and then break down thing just because we want to prove a point. Clearly the intention is right. We wanted a fair hearing, we wanted our buses on the road, we wanted our plants to work. And with the indications that we are going to get these things to happen in the next few days,” the SRC President Mr. Sylvester Owusu told the students as when he announced the suspension of the planned protest. He pleaded with students to have more patience as the University management makes strides in solving some the issues they have put before them. “We want to say as SRC that we will hold our guns, we will relax, we will cooperate with students and management to make sure that our SRC will be better. All indications of demonstrations are hereby suspended until further notice,” he  announced. In the meeting were were Prof. Kwame Offei, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Academic & Student Affairs; Mrs. Mercy Haizel-Ashia, Registrar; Prof. Godfred Bokpin, Dean of Student Affairs; Mrs. Stella A. Amoa, Director of Public Affairs; Mr. Charles Kofinti, Director, Physical Development & Municipal Services and Mr. S. Odame, Ag. Director of Finance. The SRC was represented by its President, Mr. Sylvester Owusu Amoako and executive members, as well as the Presidents of the JCRs.
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