Posted: Sunday 1st June 2014 at 16:36 pm

National Security lied about Legon security post – UG bursts out

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Authorities at the University of Ghana are accusing the National Security of peddling falsehood about a reconstruction at the Okponglo entrance to the University.

The University says the structure would serve as a security observation post. The structured was pulled down in February by operatives of the National Security for using it as a tollbooth following complaints that it was causing traffic.

Officials from the two sides together with personnel from the Motor Transport and Traffic Department of Ghana Police Service met on Friday to discuss the reconstruction of the structure.

The National Security secretariat subsequently issued a statement, insisting the University of Ghana needs an impact assessmen t from the Environmental Protection Agency before it can go ahead with the reconstruction of the security post.

But the University of Ghana in a statement issued by its Director of Public Affairs, Mrs Stella A. Amoa rebuffed claims by the National Security.

‘The meeting ended with a request from the security officials for the University to allay the fears of sections of the public with more publicity.  

‘At no time did the security officials direct the University to stop work on the structure.  No such directive has been received subsequently.  

‘Any press reports that suggest that the University has been directed to stop the construction are false,’ the statement emphasized.

The University insisted that the contruction was lawful.

 
BELOW IS THE NEWS RELEASE
 
Authorities of the University of Ghana met with personnel of the office of the National Security Coordinator to discuss a construction at the Okponglo entrance to the University last Friday, May 30, 2014.

In response to concerns expressed by the security officials, the University officials explained that the structure under construction was a security observation post that was part of a larger entrance facility.  The meeting ended with a request from the security officials for the University to allay the fears of sections of the public with more publicity.   At no time did the security officials direct the University to stop work on the structure.  No such directive has been received subsequently.  Any press reports that suggest that the University has been directed to stop the construction are false.  

The University believes that having a security post at its main entrance is lawful and a standard practice at universities around the world.  The University would like to restate that the structure is not for collecting tolls and poses no security risk whatsoever.

Stella A.  (Mrs.)
Director of Public Affairs
University of Ghana

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