Presidential candidates in the 2021 University of Ghana Students Representative Council (UGSRC) elections, Felix Tawiah Ayittah and Paul Baah Andam have promised to construct a minimum of three boreholes for students in the university.
The team indicated that the construction of boreholes is to help mitigate the perennial acute water shortage in some halls of residence.
Speaking on the Campus Exclusive show, they stated that these three boreholes would likely be at the diaspora halls, traditional halls, and the PBET (Pent, Bani, Evany, TF) hostels respectively.
“The end goal of this project is to see that the water challenges of the student populace are mitigated. So, of course, we want to see boreholes projects come to light. And in the view that these borehole projects can be piped to complement the water that we are getting from the Waterworks Company. So, that we can have a consistent flow of water. We are going to have about three boreholes. So, we are going to have one supplied to the Diaspora halls, one supplying to the main campus halls and then one supplying to the halls at the Pent-TF area.
However, we also do consider that in some cases, we have halls that their challenge is not just with boreholes but their challenge is with the water pumps. And the end goal is to see that the challenge of water crises is being resolved. So, we are not just looking at boreholes but also looking at every way possible to mitigate the challenge and they will include pump systems that are going to help pump water to the various halls.”
The team also hinted at kick-starting the SRC hostel project when they are elected into office.
They added that this is one of their major policies.
“With respect to the accommodation crisis, we actually have a long-term solution and short-term solution. Because we are actually looking forward to putting up an SRC hostel. But we wouldn’t be able to achieve that within that short period. In the long-term solution to that problem, that we are looking forward to putting up the SRC hostel and we will not be able to do that within our tenure of office. But we are actually looking at having that initiative executed in the next four or five years”.
Felix Tawiah Ayittah added that even though his administration will commence the project, they will make arrangements with hostels off-campus.
“But in the short-term, of coming back, I mean next academic year. So, if you look at places that are very close to campus, there are some hostels available over there. When I become SRC President, what I am going to do is that before we come back next academic year, that is the 1st of January, what we are going to do is that we will go to those places and make sure we secure rooms on behalf of the students of the University of Ghana over there. And what we are going to do is that we will make sure to assign buses and shuttles to convey the students to and from campus”. he said.
In relation to challenges with the internet connectivity on campus, Felix Ayittah said that steps will be taken to install more Wi-Fi routers at various places on campus to salvage the problem.
“The situation here on campus and I believe that students of the University of Ghana can attest to the fact that the Wi-Fi is only localized at specific points. And when you are not within such jurisdiction, you don’t get to enjoy the Wi-Fi. And when you go to some halls. Specifically, in Akuafo hall, I think the ladies block, one of the blocks over there, and some other halls, the Wi-Fi is not available over there. If you go to TF, Bani, and Pent, they don’t get to enjoy Wi-Fi.
But they are students of the University of Ghana. So, what we want to actually do is that we shouldn’t have the Wi-Fi, I mean localized just at specific points. But we should have Wi-Fi available everywhere, that students will be able to use that Wi-Fi to embark on their academic trajectory. That is what we want to do with respect to the Wi-Fi connectivity on campus”.