The Director of Public Affairs at the University of Ghana, Mrs. Eliezer Ameyaw-Bronyah has assured students that the new residential policy being rolled out currently is aimed at ensuring their safety on campus, without compromising the interest of the students.
This is in response to the disagreements from residents of the Commonwealth Hall and male members of the Mensah Sarbah Hall, after their residency was reassigned to the University of Ghana Enterprise Limited (UGEL) Halls.
Speaking to UniversNews, Mrs. Ameyaw-Bronyah explained that the policy has the students and staff of the school’s interest and is aiming to ensure the smooth running of academic activities without interruptions from activities that may threaten the peace on campus.
She further explained that the University management’s main concern is the safety of the residents, and hence the measure to ensure the prevalence of peace on campus.
“And it has been put on record already, it is for the interest of our students that we are doing this. We want to avoid the kind of clashes that distort work in the university, work in all fields, academic research, teaching and learning and even threatens the life of residents that is students and staff. So as much as possible, the University wants to pilot this new arrangement so that we avoid the clashes that will occur,” she said.
The Head of the Communication Studies Department, Dr. Abena Yeboah-Banin, who also spoke to UniversNews, stated that with regards to the interlocutory injunction placed on Management’s residential rearrangements, the University is doing their best to comply as a law-abiding institution even as they work hard on fighting the case in court.
“The university has its legal team at work on that injunction. I think that there’s a procedure in court to try and sort these issues out. But once that injunction had been placed, the university being a law abiding entity became obliged to comply. But the compliance is only possible to some extent because some actions had already been taken, as we know level 100s are already in residence in the hall, you don’t go there and pack their things and throw out. And so the University is implementing the court order in a manner that is best possible is a simplest way I can see,” she said.
Meanwhile Management of the University of Ghana has revealed that almost 86% of legal residents of the Commonwealth have successfully accepted their reallocation to their new halls of residence.
It also said several Level 100 students had been assigned to and taken residence in Commonwealth Hall by 6th January, 2023 before the order of injunction was made.
Story by: Deborah Yakohene | univers.ug.edu.gh