The University of Ghana Council has said they are taking steps to put an end to the perennial accommodation crisis bedeviling the school.
Delivering a speech at the second session of the congregation of the college of humanities of the University of Ghana on Thursday, 14th November 2019, the Chairman of the Council, Professor Yaw Twumasi indicated that the University is in talks with private partners to end the problem.
“The university management council recognizes that the current number of beds cannot cater for all our students and is, therefore, engaging with private entities and bodies to try to add additional hostels in the near future…In order to avert the negative reportage associated with the unavailability of beds that usually leaves first-year students stranded”.
Mr. Twumasi also lauded the initiative taken by the alumni of the Commonwealth Hall to put up a hostel facility and called on the alumni of the university to be more proactive in matters concerning the school.
“We are in this regard taking note of the positive contribution of some alumni in the resolution of this particular problem. We refer of course to old vandals for taking the initiative in providing hostel facilities. As has happened with other prestigious universities around the world, it is in vogue that the alumni of the University of Ghana will be more actively involved among other things in the provision of facilities and mobilization of resources”.
Management of the University of Ghana in September 2019 earmarked some of its lands for the construction of new hostel facilities.
This was to ease the school’s accommodation challenges which has become a major concern for many stakeholders, especially after the school’s 2019 admissions.
Citi News earlier reported that several first-year students have been left frustrated over their inability to secure accommodation at the school although they had been admitted as full-time students.
The situation, which gained national prominence triggered some Junior Common Room (JCR) executives to petition the management over the matter.
Many students who were offered admission to pursue various courses of study at the University of Ghana (UG), Legon, Accra in September 2019 were left stranded and had to go through a difficult time to find accommodation on the campus or in nearby hostels.
This year, the UG offered admission to close to 11,000 students, but only 1,970-bed spaces were available in both the residential halls and the private hostels linked with the university, compelling those who were unable to secure residential accommodation to find alternatives.