JCR members of Commonwealth Hall, the prestigious hall popularly known to be the voice of students, for years now have been strangled by the management of the hall and some corrupt JCR executives to be silent on important matters concerning the interest of the JCR members.
When did refundable fees change its name to project fees and who made it so?
Refundable fees represent a form of contract between hall residents and hall authorities.
As the name suggests, it must be refunded at the end of the academic year provided the condition that items and appliances in the room are left intact and not damaged.
This has however not been the case in Commonwealth Hall on two consecutive occasions and this must STOP!
It has become the norm for JCR executives who promised to project the concerns of students to rather side with hall management in breaching the contract of refundable fees and just informing us about the use of these monies, our own monies for projects without prior discussions or agreements with us.
Is that the kind of leaders we voted for?
Those who do not respect the collective views of the people who placed them in that position?
These projects, however commendable, do not negate the fact that our opinions need to be sought as these instances (including that of the doorknob project carried out without the permission of JCR members) are not respectful to the agreement reached between us and management and must therefore come to
Unless management has changed the name and purpose of refundable fees which we have no knowledge about, we must not forget that we have an agreement and an agreement reached in good faith must be carried out in good faith and if there is the need for a change, a broader discussion must be made.
For now, refundable fees must remain refundable unless otherwise decided by those who paid for it, which in this case can change its name and conditions in future.
There are other means of raising funds for these projects that would not involve the use of refundable fees.
Now I ask, what are those levies (i.e. Maintenance fee, Facility User Fee, and other Developmental levies) embedded in the fees paid by students used for?
Going forward, we demand a halt in the use of our refundable fees for any project whatsoever.
If it remains the wish of JCR members to financially support this project thought of by our very good OVA, after this whole consultation is done, I know and believe that we the gentlemen of the land would fulfill our financial obligation decided on by us.
Until then, let us be reminded that there is an agreement in place and management must respect it as is expected.
The last thing we expect from management is to take advantage of these trying times to rob us of our right to decide on what we want to do with the money we have paid in a contract.
The pace at which this has started is very alarming and if care is not taken, precedence will be set and it will take more than a plea to reverse it.
Commonwealth Hall is one that produces honorable men which I believe we are all one and I doubt we would want honorable men to learn not to meet their ends of bargains and contracts, a despicable act against the status quo of VANDALISM.
V-MATES!!! I humbly pray the indulgence of the Chief Vandal and his abled outfit to come to the aid of the members of His fraternity; for I know He is one that has the interest of all students at heart.
We must come together with the spirit of ubutuism, to see to it and ensure that the truth stands and is erect, to fight coercion done my whosoever wishes students do not have a sound mind to make their own decisions.
It is time, as students, to correct what is going wrong and to claim what is duly ours.
We demand that our JCR refundable fees must be disbursed immediately and failure would mean management is ready for the rage of students.
This must be treated with urgency and necessary arrangements must be made immediately to start the disbursement, or else JCR members are ready to protest and demonstrate for their monies.
If this persists, we will stop paying these refundable fees until our demands are met.
Our position is clear and we are not willing to compromise as there is no compromise to be reached.
We would no longer continue to be silent if our leaders are not ready to do the work they are supposed to do.
It is either our demands are met or we will proceed with actions to register our displeasure.
Management should therefore treat it as urgent to attend to our grievances.
Source: Ecberght Gyamfi | Commonwealth Hall, University of Ghana