The University of Ghana SRC has called off its intended demonstration after school management made commitments to address issues of student welfare.
The SRC leadership made this known yesterday in an address at the forecourt of the Union Building after closed door meting with the file and rank of the University Management.
The President of the SRC, Mr. Sylvester Amoako in his address made mention that issues of shuttling on campus, operationalization of generator sets, accommodation and security of students were the highlights of the meeting.
SHUTTING ON CAMPUS
In the address, the SRC made gave indications that they have been given the nod to reengage the services of H. M. Boafo buses as a permanent solution to shuttling on campus. He added that the buses were previously disengaged from plying on campus due to the SRC’s inability to fulfil all requirements before putting the buses on the road.
“We went ahead to put certain buses on the road even when we had not finished going through due procedure. A directive came from the registry through PDMSD that halted the operations of the buses on campus. So today in a stakeholder meeting with management we have been able to get permission to put our buses on the road pending a final contract with management with those buses we have arranged.”
Also, the SRC hinted on the non-existent clause which previously was thought to give RSTC monopoly on shuttling of students within campus.
“There is no monopoly being enjoyed by RSTC. There will be competition, there will be alternatives and if students prefer those services to RSTC then so be it”
The SRC buses are expected to resume operations on campus first thing tomorrow morning. This is said to precede final talks with management to complete the paper works.
“I will want announce that the buses will resume working tomorrow by 7 AM. Latest by Monday/ Tuesday we will finalize everything and they will be with us permanently.”
OPERATIONALIZATION OF GENERATOR SETS
Mr. Amoako in his address also touched on the issue of generator sets on main campus which hasn’t been used since they were bought. At the stakeholder meeting with management, the University management has taken up the sole responsibility of maintaining and fueling the ‘plants’ for the 2018/2019 academic year.
“By Monday servicing for all generators on main campus are going to be worked on. The school is going to go ahead to fuel all generators on main campus and the school is going to bear every cost for fueling every generator on main campus for this academic year when the lights go off”
Subsequently the SRC in conjunction with school management will come up with a working document that will seek to fund the fueling and maintenance of the generator sets.
However, Mr. Amoako stated that until they are privy to the contents of the documents, they will not be in the position to task students with the option of fueling to generator sets.
“What management said is that, moving on from next academic year, we must have a definite plan as to how we are going to fuel the plants. But what I told management was that I was never going to allow us to pay any monies to fuel any plants if we do not how much we’ve paid, if we don’t know the state of the generators that were purchased from G&J services”
In addition to that, the student leadership will be furnished with all documents pertaining to the procurement of the generator sets and how much has been accrued from the yearly billing of students with the “Generator Fee” component.
This will give the SRC the opportunity to peruse and make informed decision on the way forward come next academic year.
“The Vice Chancellor tasked the finance director, Mr. Kwesi Odame to get those details to us within the shortest possible time.”
SECURITY ON CAMPUS
As part of talks with the management, the SRC were able to get deployment of extra security personnel to ensure the safety of students in and around campus.
“The consensus has been that, there were going to increase presence around those places and that certain culprits that have been found will be brought to book.We have been given assurance that these issues will be addressed the situation will be much better in the coming days”
ISSUES OF ACCOMMODATION
The SRC was also able to initiate talks with management on getting proper documents and the needed help from management in putting up an SRC hostel to augment the already existing accommodation facilities.
According to the SRC president, they are eager to get into the next phase of the project deployment to attract investors to fund the project.
“We are in the coming weeks going to publish in the dailies to attract investors. Within the scope of a week we are going to work out he plans and the architectural drawings so that we can enter int that phase of the project.”
SUSPENSION OF DEMONSTRATION
The SRC having been satisfied with dialogue between the student leadership and the University management called off the intended demonstration. They said they only wanted to have a fair hearing to push their issues of student welfare to the tables of the management.
“It is not as though the SRC Legon wants to step out and then break down thing just because we want to prove a point. Clearly the intention is right. We wanted a fair hearing, we wanted our buses on the road, we wanted our plants to work. And with the indications that we are going to get these things to happen in the next few days.”
The President of the SRC pleaded with students to have more patience as the University management makes strides in solving some the issues they have put before them.
“We want to say as SRC that we will hold our guns, we will relax, we will cooperate with students and management to make sure that our SRC will be better. All indications of demonstrations are hereby suspended until further notice”
Story by: Michael Papa Nii Ashalley/universnewsroom.com