MANAGEMENT of the Koforidua Polytechnic in the New Juaben Municipality of the Eastern Region has imposed a GH¢191 utility levy on each student to enable the school settle its utility bills, DAILY GUIDE has gathered.
The decision has reportedly been met with stiff opposition from the Students’ Representative Council (SRC).
However, a press statement signed by the Registrar of the Polytechnic, Nii Mensah Livingston, indicated that the levy will take effect on 15th February, 2016.
“It is now the responsibility of the Polytechnic to pay its utility bills. In connection with this, it has become expedient to inform students to come to terms with the situation and corporate with the institution in paying the bills,” the statement said.
According to the statement, the decision was taken by the council in December to save the institution from the power cut harassments witnessed last year.
“The Council at the 97th meeting held on the 16th of December 2015, approved GH¢191 per head as utility fee for students to pay towards the settlement of the Polytechnic’s utility bills. In this regard, our valued students are informed and expected to pay GH¢191 per head as utility fees for students during the 2015/2016 2nd semester registration exercise which begins on 15th February, 2016. It is important to note that payment of the fee will be made concurrently with the payment of the 2nd semester,” it indicated.
The Koforidua Polytechnic suffered a series of power cuts last year due to its inability to pay its electricity bills.
But the Students’ Representative Council of the institution has threatened to resist payment of the levy.
FROM Daniel Bampoe, Koforidua