University Of Ghana Sued Over Campus Road Tolls

Two students of the University of Ghana have sued the institution at the Supreme Court over the decision by authorities to charge road tolls.

The two who brought the action in their capacity as Ghanaians are praying the Supreme Court to stop the university from charging the said road tolls.

They are, accordingly, urging the highest court of the land to declare the action of the university as unconstitutional.

Ernest Victor Apau and Musah Mustapha, per their reliefs, are seeking the court to perpetually restrain the university and its agents from charging motorists who ply the university’s routes.

The University of Ghana is being sued as an entity. Joined to the suit is the Attorney-General.

Reliefs being sought

The writ dated January 29, 2014 and filed on behalf of the applicants by Mr Egbert Faibille, a legal practitioner, came about as a result of the university’s plan to charge road tolls with effect from February 1, 2014.

Reports, however, indicate that the university on Saturday, February 1, 2014, begun charging the road tolls.

The reliefs being sought by the applicants include a declaration that upon a true and proper interpretation of Article 174 (1) of the 1992 Constitution, the road usage and user charges the university sought to introduce amounted to taxation.

A move by the university to exempt some of its members of staff from paying the road usage and user charges, according to the applicants, was in violation of Article 17 (1) (2) and (3) of the 1992 Constitution.

They also see that move as an abuse of discretionary powers and are, therefore, praying the court not to countenance it.

Act of Parliament sidestepped

The applicants are arguing that the action of the respondents had violated Article 174 (1) of the 1992 Constitution, because the tolls were introduced without an Act of Parliament.

They are further praying the court to grant any other relief it (court) deemed fit.

A date is yet to be fixed for the hearing of the writ.