UG blocks access routes; vehicles being turned away

Saturday 15th March , 2014 12:40 pm

The Okponglo entrance into the University of Ghana

The Okponglo entrance into the University of Ghana

The University of Ghana, Legon, has blocked all access routes into the campus to the public with the exception of the entrance from the Okponglo intersection.

The directive was announced about two weeks ago after the school was forced to suspend its tolling system on the orders of government following a huge public outcry and the destruction of one of the school’s toll booth by national security operatives.

The school authorities in an earlier statement explained that “it cannot support academic work with the needed environment when 16,000 vehicles travel through its Legon campus every day, creating significant congestion at crucial times as well as posing safety and security challenges for members of the university community, especially our students.”

On Saturday, the University began the implementation of its decision not to allow the general public to enter the university through its alternative routes without a certified sticker.

Citi News’ Fred Djabanor visited the Legon campus and reported that the vehicles without the certified UG sticker are being turned away and ordered to use the Okponglo entrance into the school.

He reported the presence of security men “manning the alternative routes and turning away almost all vehicles which do not have the university sticker.”

The head of security at the University of Ghana, ACP Adamu Salifu has also served notice that the school will implement this new decision to the latter.

Djabanor further stated that “when you get to these entry points especially, the one from GIMPA and from Atomic Junction; the TF road, there is quite some traffic there because the cars are being turned away.”

There are long queues of vehicles waiting their turn to enter the university campus.

Students of the university are however required to pay GHC 50 for a UG sticker to enable them use the alternative routes while any member of the public who wishes to be granted access is expected to pay GHC 400 for a sticker valid for one year or GHC 200 for six months.

By: Efua Idan Osam/