UG students petition Parliament over tolls

Students of the University of Ghana yesterday petitioned Parliament against the introduction of tolls on the university roads.

It, therefore, called on Parliament to immediately intervene in the matter and also call the university authorities to order.

The university authorities have announced plans to introduce tolls on the university roads effective February 1, 2014.

In a petition presented to Parliament by the President of the Students’ Representative Council of the university, Mr Eric Edem Agbena, the students described the action by the authorities as unfair.

It wondered why lecturers of the university and their dependents were exempted from the toll charges, while students were expected to pay.

In an interview with the Daily Graphic after presenting the petition, Mr Agbena described the action of the university authorities as a deliberate attempt to extort money from students.

He said the students were outraged at the fact that the school authorities never considered their plight before imposing the tolls.

“How do the authorities expect us to pay the high charges they’ve imposed on us?” the SRC President asked.

Although the students would co-operate with the authorities in all their activities, Mr Agbena said the students were not prepared to support the university authorities to impose the tolls.

Work on campus
When the Daily Graphic visited the University of Ghana yesterday, it was observed that work on the two major toll booths that had generated a lot controversies had seized temporarily.

However, work on the projects could be said to be 60 per cent complete.

Efforts to speak to the university authorities proved futile. 

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