The negative reactions raised by this issue of UCC students utility bills is hoped to remain stable as the students had earlier threatened to hit the streets over the matter.
Students of the University of Cape Coast have stated categorically that they are not in a position to pay for their cost of utility bills. The Students’ Representative Council (SRC) of the institution said that the students will not be bullied by the management of the university into paying utility bills.
This follows a directive from government that public universities and polytechnics should pay their own utilities bills. This subsequently has forced the management of some Universities to redirect the costs to the students. The president of the SRC at UCC, Dennis Appiah Larbi-Ampofo, stated that the University is only trying to pass some of its debts to students as utility bills.
The students are of the notion that the directive to the Universities to pay was only a strategy devised to force the bills on students. However, the Deputy Minister of Education in-charge of tertiary, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwah, has denied the allegations.
Speaking on the matter, the students leader said they had thought the issue of utility bills had died out until recently when the management called on them saying that the institution is still owing huge sums of debt. The management according to him said that the Electricity Company of Ghana is also on the neck of the University to pay up.
The students through their leader have said they are not willing to pay the extra utility costs because they do not have the resources to afford them. The students in a statement signed by Dennis Appiah Larbi-Ampofo, said the students will resist any attempt to force them into paying huge sums of money as utility bills. The negative reactions raised by this issue of UCC students utility bills is hoped to remain stable as the students had earlier threatened to hit the streets over the matter
So far nothing has been heard from government concerning this issue.