Student residents of the Commonwealth Hall at the University of Ghana today protested against the decision of school’s management to halt the construction of a hall annex project.
New and old residents of the Commonwealth Hall marched to the school’s administrative building today to express their dismay.
The University of Ghana witnessed a sword-cutting ceremony held a year ago to commence the construction of a 4000+ bed annex facility by the Old Vandals Association.
The facility estimated at $42,000,000 is expected to deliver a fully-furnished 4,660-bed capacity, comprising 302 one-bed block, 552 two-bed block, 3,806 four-bed block, 32 two-bedroom lecture flats, 8,000 capacity auditorium and a shopping mall.
However, the initiative received several petitions from staff residents who stated that due to the magnitude of the project, the flow of water to bungalows of lecturers will be hindered.
In addition, difficulty to control the behaviour and actions of the male residents are among many concerns raised by some staff of the institution.
Speaking to JoyNews Correspondent Kweku Asante, the student leadership of the hall indicated that the project initiated by the Old Students Association of the hall is meant to address the current infrastructure challenge the University presently faces especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.
They have described concerns raised by some teaching staff to stall ongoing work on the site as “ridiculous.”
“What are they scared of? What do you mean Vandals are rowdy? You have a real accommodation crisis that over the years the university has failed to anything about it.
“Every year parents and students get stranded on campus because of accommodation. The University has failed to take us in,” they said.
“I don’t see any legitimacy in their concerns. They should show us a single hall built that trees didn’t fell. These are people who have hatred for the hall. We expect that the members of the convocation to support this project.”
After President Akufo-Addo in his address to the nation announced the reopening of schools, several parents and students at the University of Ghana have expressed worry over failure to gain accommodation for the academic year.
Students in level 100 and 400 are expected to commence teaching and learning for the first semester in January as part of the ‘double track’ initiative taken by the school administration in curbing the spread of Covid-19.