Posting of bills indiscriminately at parts of the University of Ghana, Legon campus has heightened as the race to the Students’ Representative Council (SRC) union building intensifies.
This time around greater parts of the premises of the school has been splashed with bills ranging from posters, flyers, and banners of students contesting in this year’s SRC election.
Churches, denominations, associations, and delivery services among others are also liable for this.
Whilst some members of the University community accused SRC aspirants of disregarding the policies and regulations established by the management of the institution, others argued that this deliberate act of the aspirants intends to catch the attention of the student populace.
In cognizance that events and activities organized by both staff and students create a requirement for the dissemination of information to the University community, the school adopted a policy to regulate the placement of advertisements which was subsequently reviewed and passed in June 2012.
The policy classified prohibited locations where no advertising is permitted.
“The following are classified as prohibited locations for the purpose of advertising: Lecture Halls (i.e. inside the hall), Floors of buildings, Pavements and Roads, Lamp Posts, Trees, Directional Signboards and other signage, Waste Bins, Staff/Faculty Residential Areas,” portions of the Policy reads.
Aside from church organizations and private businesses who are flouting this law of the University, student politicians vying for various leadership positions on campus are the biggest culprits.
In this fresh wave of breach of the university’s advertisement policy, Asantewaa Ayeh Priscilla, Felix Tawiah Ayittah, Alfred Acquah, Samuel Amos Ofosu, Wisdom Ndukwe, Prince Asumadu, Collins Robertson Adialey, Paul Andam, Naadu Stephanie Antwi, Jonelle Mate-Kodjo, Derry Rebecca Mwinviel, Daniel Obeng Asamoah among others who are yet to be captured by Univers News, have sent the beauty of the university campus to the slaughter, hoping to get the nod to lead students in various capacities for the 2021/2021 academic year.
Management of the University has not yet stipulated any sanction to be meted out to culprits regarding this year’s fresh wave of indiscriminate posting on campus.
In an exclusive interview, the Director of the Office of Institutional Advancement, Prof. Ebo Hinson, expressed worry over the happenings.
He added that the Marketing Community Unit under his office is part of those who are supposed to be watchdogs.
Since then infinitesimal effort is being channeled by management to curb the rate of indiscriminate posting in the University.
In the course of the 2019/2020 SRC election fines were levied against some perpetrators. They include (then) presidential aspirants, Anthony Julius and former SRC vice president, Louis Banahene Owusu.
For their actions, the Dean of students affairs, Prof. Godfred Bokpin slapped the two with a GHS 1,000 fine each to be paid by Friday, March 15, 2019.
Again, the Dean demanded that the two remove all their campaign posters from unauthorized places also by Friday, March 15.
Radio Univers began an active campaign in 2019 to fight this problem, a move which led to other universities adopting bold steps to ban indiscriminate postings on their various campuses.