Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana Professor Ebenezer Oduro-Owusu has admitted that providing accommodation for students of the university of Ghana continues to be problem despite the university’s success in increasing admissions.
Professor Ebenezer Oduro-Owusu made these comments at the 2018 Matriculation ceremony for freshmen and women held earlier today at the Athletics Oval.
In his speech, he appreciated the new entrants for their choice to study at the nation’s premier university and well as admitted the accommodation challenge that existed in the university.
Prof. Oduro Owusu explained that although the University has made strides in increasing its intake, the deficit in accommodation is quite disturbing since a mammoth number of admitted students are still frustrated over their inability to secure a hall of residence on campus.
He elucidated that the university has a registered undergraduate freshmen population of 11,216, with only 7,289 being entitled to residence; however the number who were able to secure accommodation on campus was not worthy of appreciation.
“Providing admission for all freshmen and women admitted on the Legon campus has always been a challenge….out of 11,216 registered freshmen, 7,289 are entitled to residence. However, only 2,488 representing 34% of the resident-entitled students have been accommodated.
Out of this figure, 1,227 (49%) are females, and 1,261 (51%) are males”
Professor Oduro-Owusu was however quick to add that despite efforts made by the University management to bridge the accommodation deficit, the problem still persists.
“Although the University in recent times has put up a number of new halls of residence to augment the accommodation provided by the traditional halls, the number of admitted students still cannot be matched with available beds. Management is working on how best to resolve the shortfall”
The Vice Chancellor nonetheless called on students who have access to the various hall of residence to cultivate the culture of maintenance in other to keep the facilities in good shape for future generations.
He added that in the face of all these challenges, management is working assiduously to improve the conditions of existing halls of residence in a bid to improve the welfare of students in their stay on campus.
“Management continues to invest in providing accommodation and improving the living conditions in the various halls of residence by rehabilitating the halls, improving water supply, providing WiFi internet service and providing adequate security, among several other initiatives. It is therefore required of students who are privileged to be housed on campus, to take excellent care of these facilities and make good use of them in a manner that will preserve them for future cohorts of students”
Professor Ebenezer Oduro further stated that management was also looking at other options to eliminate the accommodation crisis by resorting to investors to help the University construct extra halls to augment the already existing halls of residence.
“University is also vigorously pursuing partners to put up new residential facilities on campus withing the next two years, to increase students housing stock”
Story by: David Quaye/universnewsroom.com