Some residents of the Mensah Sarbah Hall at the University of Ghana have petitioned the Hall Master to intervene in what they described as the “despot” nature of directives for JCR welfare refundable collections.
As part of the requirements for the collection of the welfare refundable, the residents were asked to provide their ID cards and receipts of their welfare dues indicating the date on which the payment was made.
In a letter cited by UniversNews, the concerned students called on the Hall Master to on behalf of the student body explore alternative means to facilitate the disbursement of the refundable to students devoid of these inconsiderate terms.
“We, the underlined students attached to this letter, wish to petition your high office to intervene on behalf of the student body to explore alternative means to facilitate the disbursement of the refundable to students void of these inconsiderate terms.”
They called on the management of the Hall to in the absence of receipts, use the proof of residential registration as evidence of payment of the welfare dues.
They also called for the creation of a database of registered residents to make the refunding process an easy one.
“In the absence of receipts, proof of residential registration issued upon successfully manual registration should be accepted as evidence of payment of welfare dues for the reason that there is a portion that indicates that the student paid his or her welfare dues. Database of registered residents could be generated therein; as payment of welfare, dues are a known precondition for successful registration.”
According to the Mensah Sarbah hall constitution, every JCR member of the hall is entitled to a refund of GHC30 out of the GHC40 welfare dues they pay at the beginning of each academic year on condition that no major damages were caused in the hall during the period of stay.