University of Ghana throws out dumsor vigil

Authorities at the University of Ghana have rejected the use of the school’s campus to host a vigil by some celebrities to protest the severe power crisis.

The authorities say they have no hand in the highly publicised program, and would also not allow any of their venues to be used by the celebrities.

Some celebrities, including Sarkodie, Yvonne Nelson and DKB, announced their intention to hold a vigil at the University of Ghana to put pressure on the government to find solution to the unbearable power crisis now referred to as ‘Dumsor’.

The event is the offshoot of a social media campaign #‎dumsormuststop that Yvonne started last week. The Greater Accra Regional Police Command has given clearance to the group to go ahead with the peaceful event on May 16.

But a notice posted by the management of the school on May 7 stated unequivocally that the event cannot come off on its campus.

The notice reads: “It has come to the notice of Management of the University of Ghana that there are media publication of a vigil and or processing, purportedly being organised by a group of persons at the stadium ground of the University of Ghana on May 16, 2015.

“The University categorically and emphatically states in no uncertain terms that it is not aware of, neither has it granted nor is it in the process of granting permission to any person or group of persons seeking to organise or hold any such procession or vigil or within any of its campuses.

“The University hereby demands an immediate cessation of all mention of its name or campuses in relation or in connection with any such activity.”

Meanwhile, President John Mahama has warned persons in the creative arts industry not to allow politics to infiltrate the sector.

“The division in our politics is bad enough. Let it not spread to our creative industry. Let’s cease the polemics. — JM,” the President twitted.

Story by Ghana || Isaac Essel | [email protected] | twitter @isaacessel

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