UG Students to embark on 'Tweaaaa demo over road tolls'

ticketThe Students’ Representative Council (SRC) and the graduate students association on the University of Ghana campus will be organizing an executive committee meeting to decide on whether to embark on a demonstration on Monday.

When the University announced it will be charging road toll from February 1, 2014, the SRC indicated it will not allow students to suffer the rippling effects of the tolling system and have vehemently kicked against it.

They called on the school authorities to exempt students from the new development but were offered a 75% discount.

According to the University, the GHC 7 million loan it acquired to rehabilitate and construct all the major and adjoining roads on campus has to be paid off hence, the decision to institute a tolling system.

Private vehicles are paying GHC 1, commercial vehicles are paying GHC 2 while heavy duty trucks are paying GHC 3 at the University’s toll booth per entry.

Speaking to Citi News, the president of the SRC, Eric Edem Agbana said the charges has led to more than a 100 percent increase in transport fares on campus.

He explained that “from Okponglo to any part of campus, you pay as much as GHC1.5 pesewas. it is not a dropping [chattered taxi], and if you take dropping, from GHC 3, now you pay GHC 6.”

He also stated that since the commencement of system, there is traffic build-up at the various toll booths causing delays.

Mr Agbana further accused the school authorities for failing to address their concerns while exempting their dependants from paying.”

“If you find it prudent to exempt employees of the university and their dependants and some may not even be students, then it is equally important to exempt the students who have paid academic facility user fees and even paid GHC 100 development levy,” he lamented.

He therefore served notice that he together with his colleagues will explore all other options available to them to ensure students are exempted from paying tolls.

The SRC has however petition Parliament to intervene in the matter since all efforts to reason with school authorities have proved futile.


Source: citifmonline

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