Chaos at Legon as authorities prevent motorists from entering the University

Dozens parents of wards at the University of Ghana Basic School, have besieged one of the gates of the University of Ghana leading to Achimota, demanding assurances from authorities over the safety of their wards.

The parents say they were asked to drop their children at the gate to be conveyed by a bus to the school because, they did not have a sticker to access the University’s roads.

Parents have been asked to buy a sticker at a fee of Gh¢400 to have continuous access to the University for a period of one year. The new directive comes on the heels of government order for the institution to abolish charging tolls from drivers who ply its roads.

The University had claimed the tolls would have helped it to repay a loan it contracted from a bank to put the roads in good shape. But pressure from the public yielded a response from government to order the suspension of the the policy.

But Joy News’ Beatrice Adu reports Monday, all roads leading to and from the University have been barricaded, giving way to only owners of vehicles who have a UG-sticker. There is no vehicular movements on the Achimota stretch of that road.

Some of the parents, most whom are workers, say they drop the children and go to work while another vehicle goes to pick them when they close. But with the current development, they would have to buy another sticker which means they would have to pay Gh¢800 for two stickers for only a year.

Winding queues
The furious parents have parked their vehicles at the gate of the University, demanding an assurance from the authorities regarding their children’s safety after school, Beatrice reported.

“Our children were dropped here; they [University of Ghana] brought a bus to pick them but how can the children get home when they close? How can I assure the safety of children?”, a livid parent asked.

“Why is the Vice Chancellor stressing everybody in this country…is he above the law” a parent questioned while demanding government to take immediate action to get the University to withdraw its latest decision.

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