National Security halts construction of University of Ghana’s security observation post

National Security has insisted, the University of Ghana needs clearance before it can go ahead with the construction of a security observation post.

The Security’s secretariat has issued a statement asking the University to obtain social impact assessment from the Environmental Protection Agency otherwise it cannot continue with the construction.

Before construction of this new security post, the university’s toll-booth was demolished February this year following complaints it’s causing traffic.

Control over entry into the University of Ghana has generated heated media and public discussion going into several weeks since February.

Below is the National Security statement
Officials of National Security and Motor Transport and Traffic Department of Ghana Police Service met representatives of University of Ghana on Friday, 30th May, 2014 to discuss issues relating to reconstruction of a structure, [LEGON Toll Booth] at OKPONGLO entrance of the University of Ghana, LEGON.

The structure was earlier removed because of the nuisance it caused to users of the TETTEH QUARSHIE- ADENTA-ABURI Highway.

The meeting heard explanations from the University that the new structure under construction is now a Security Observation Post/Security Check Point and no longer a Toll Booth and that it will not have any adverse effect on human and vehicular traffic on the main TETTEH QUARSHIE-ADENTA-ABURI Highway.

In view of the strain on traffic on the Highway caused by the previous structure on the same location which was demolished, the security team directed that the University authorities request for a social impact assessment from the Environmental Protection Agency [EPA] for further action or relocate the structure further inland to rule out the possibility of spillover onto the Highway.

The security team also directed the University to put on hold the on-going construction work until the impact assessment report is obtained or the project is relocated.

The public is assured that the TETTEH QUARSHIE-ADENTA-ABURI Highway will remain open to traffic as always.

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