Head of Halls at the University of Ghana, Dr. Charles Wiafe-Akenten has explained that some of the annexes of the traditional halls were used as collateral in securing a deal for the construction of the diaspora halls ( Liman, Kwapong, Sey, Nelson) on campus, therefore the University does not have control over these halls at the moment.
On Tuesday, November 16, 2021, the JCR Presidents of Mensah Sarbah Hall, Akuafo Hall, and other UGSRC executives were indulged by the management of the University of Ghana Enterprises Limited (UGEL), over a proposed increment of the residential fees for some of the annexes of the traditional halls for the 2021/2022 academic year.
The affected halls are Legon Hall annex C, Mensah Sarbah Hall annexes C and D, and Akuafo Hall annexes C and D.
The JCR Presidents of the affected halls were not excited about the development and bemoaned the burden it will have on the residents of these halls if the proposed rates are implemented.
Reacting to the development on Campus Exclusive, Head of Halls, Dr. Wiafe-Akenten explained that the affected halls were no longer under their tutelage and not much can be done about the situation.
He also indicated that the privatization of these facilities is by law; hence, the management of the University can only do as much.
“The case is a court’s decision until you are able to overturn it. Anything you do might lead you to contempt of court. But as we met, our input was that the increment should be done in a way that will not be a burden to students” he added.
He was however hopeful that engagement between the management of UGEL and student leaders (the mouthpiece of students) would result in a favorable decision for both parties
“So my appeal to students is that nobody likes to pay money especially if it is beyond your pocket. But I am sure that UGEL will also listen to you and together you work so that the increment will be a way that halfway, UGEL will be satisfied, halfway students will also be satisfied and as the years go by, if we are able to pay our indebtedness, I am sure we will come back to normal” he said.
Dr. Wiafe-Akenten revealed that all Hall Masters are aware that the affected annexes are no longer under their purview due to the collateral these facilities were used.
“Early this year, we had a letter from the Registrar that is ‘we’ means, the masters of Legon, Akuafo and Sarbah Hall that, Legon Hall C, Akuafo and Sarbah C and D were part of the collateral that was provided for the construction of the current UGEL halls (diaspora halls). There has been an agreement settled at court and that was specifically why UGEL is taking some aspect or blocks of these halls. It implies that since it comes under UGEL, the UGEL policy will also be applied,” he explained.
Students of Legon Hall Annex C, Mensah Sarbah Hall Annex C, and D, and Akuafo Hall Annex C and D await the new price to be determined by the management of UGEL.