Most of the students cant pay for accommodation – University of Ghana Acting SRC President Naadu Antwi
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Students have been dealt a huge blow by housing issues at various colleges across the country, which have left the majority of them stranded and neglected, making it difficult to maintain good minds for academic activity. Most of the students cant pay for accommodation – University of Ghana Acting SRC President Naadu Antwi.
Speaking in an interview with Berla Mundi on TV3 New Day on TV3 Wednesday January 12, some student leaders at the University of Ghana revealed that some freshers and continuing students who happen to be victims of the accommodation crises on campus have opted to defer their courses for a year to save them the struggle of getting rooms on campus.
“We have students who even wants to defer their courses due to the accommodation crises on campus.”
They also disclosed that freshmen and continuing students who are unable to find housing claimed that they do not have the financial means to rent rooms at market rates and cannot afford to commute to campus daily for lectures and other academic activities.
Acting SRC President Naadu Antwi stated that the student leadership has made deliberate efforts to assist in the resolution of the problem, but to no effect.
She further stated that “What I did with my team was, I instructed them to go to places around like Okponglo, shiashie, Bawuleshie, Mariana, UPSA and look for hostels that are close and also negotiate with owners to reduce prices to accommodate students for the meantime while we try solve the accommodation crises on campus.”
She said despite the negotiations with owners of hostels outside campus, prices were still exorbitant and most students could not afford.
“We came to a subsidized fee but it’s still more expensive than the hostels we have on campus. There were still students who could not afford.”
“I had a lot of students calling me here and there, telling me about the problems they facing with regards to accommodation. This is something that is beyond the SRC. We cannot do much about it,” she reiterated.
Members of the student leadership have urged the government to expedite the construction of the University of Ghana SRC hostel in order to accommodate more students and alleviate the campus’s ongoing housing crisis.