The worsening power situation in the country has compelled executives of the Students Representative Council (SRC) of the University for Professional Studies, Accra to solicit GHs 50 from each student to enable the school fuel its power plants.
The ‘special levy’ according to the SRC President, Mr. Kris Obodai is to enable students fuel the school’s power plants and guarantee uninterrupted power supply during power outages on campus.
In an interview, he stated that the decision was taken as a result of persistent complaints from students over their inability to study on campus especially in the evenings as a result of the erratic supply of power.
Mr. Obodai added that, the executives of the SRC and Graduate Students’ Association consulted students before settling on the final amount to be paid.
The school currently spends about GH¢11,000 on fuel every three days to power its plants.
According to the SRC, the University has exhausted its budget for the purchase of fuel because it did not anticipate the power situation in the country would worsen.
“If we knew things would be like this, we would have made the necessary arrangements for it but now the University’s budget is overstretched……the students are in support of this so we are hoping that we could soon fuel the plants and have electricity throughout the day and students can study at any time even till late”
Students are to pay the GH¢50 before the start of their end of semester examination.
Meanwhile, work is underway at the University of Ghana for the installation of power plants at the various halls of residence to ensure constant supply of power on campus. Residents of the University paid GH¢100 each for the project.
By: Jonas Nyabor/233livenews