The leadership of the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) has expressed concerns over the imposition of utility bills on students by universities.
Paa Quecy Adu, president of the Union, said the decision by university authorities contradicts government’s agreement to share payment of utility bills with tertiary institutions. He added it is not proper to have all parties sit at a table to take a decision and later have one body later turn around do a different thing.
Mr Adu disclosed this at a news conference organised by the Students’ Representative Council (SRC) of the University of Ghana over what students described as “killer utility fees”. The University of Ghana school authorities have billed students to pay for some utility bills in the school. They argued the government has been unable to subsidize the payment, hence the decision.
As a result, students have threatened to boycott the payment. PaaQuecy Adu said: “No university authority or Vice-Chancellor has the liberty to charge students utility bill. The students of Ghana are already over burden with fees and the Vice-Chancellors should also respect that decision.”
He also hinted that the Union may consider exploring legal action to thwart the decision of the Legon authorities.