The leadership of the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) under the leadership of Emmanuel Boakye Yiadom had petitioned the President, Nana Akufo Addo over the rampant increase in hostel fee charges by the hostel authorities on the various university campuses across the country. As sourced from 3news.com, the president of the student union pleaded with the president to deal with the university managements that create artificial shortage of accommodations on campuses in order to make extra profits from innocent students.
The petition became necessary in the wake of some agitations by students from KNUST who were not pleased with the outrageous hostel fees. To further register their displeasure, the students took to the principal streets of KNUST and marched peacefully through to all the seven traditional halls on campus amidst chanting war songs which garnered a lot of momentum and drew the attention of the police who intervened to protect lives and properties.
Information gathered by “The Student News” indicates that, one of the leaders of the protesting students who identified himself as Nii alleged that, some of the hostels have increased their fees by 50 percent. A situation he finds so worrying, especially, in this pandemic era where their parents and guardians find it very difficult in raising funds to pay their fees and other bills.
The NUGS President in his plea to the President, Nana Akufo-Addo on Thursday August 19 stated emphatically that; the issues of astronomical increase in hostel prices over the years on their various campuses have been affecting them for far too long. According to him, they had made several contacts with the authorities concerned but to no avail and one thing they as a union had realized was that there are certain deliberate attempt by some university management to just create artificial shortages on campuses, hence, the need to petition the President of the land to use his high office to get the university management to be flexible on the Build, Operate and Transfer policies in the various universities.
In his response, the President- Nana Akufo Addo urged them to exercise restraint and further assured them that he will ensure the situation is looked into in order to take the appropriate actions.