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UG lecturers react to Commonwealth Hall students’ ‘insults’ over annex project

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Some lecturers at the University of Ghana (UG) have formally responded to a group of students from the Commonwealth Hall who recently cast aspersions on them over the construction of the Hall’s annex project.

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In a letter written by Prof. Nana Akua Anyidoho on behalf of the faculty, she categorically mentioned that the unsavoury comments from the students were indicative of deliberate misinformation about the impending project.

“In the first place, there is no truth to the claim that the 27 faculty members are against the Commonwealth Hall Annex project”, the letter clarified.

It further stated that the lecturers who had requested to meet the students to discuss pertinent matters on the project were only doing so in accordance with the university’s statutory laid-down procedures and not to stampede construction works.

She also described as erroneous, the students’ claim that the faculty members “are plotting to bring female students to Commonwealth Hall.”

The letter which was addressed to the President and Junior Common Room (JCR) members of the Commonwealth Hall explained that the lecturers’ concern about the annex project only has to do with the siting, environmental and financial implications, and non-compliance with the procedures and regulations of the University and government.

While reiterating its commitment to have the project constructed in a more sustainable and favourable approach, Prof. Nana Akua Anyidoho noted that the actions of the students are unacceptable within an academic community and a “breach of section 18.3 of the University of Ghana Regulations for Junior Members, which details non-academic offences such as threats of harm to people.”

It would be recalled that a sod-turning ceremony was held at the Commonwealth Hall, in November 2019 for the commencement of the construction of an annex to accommodate more students.

But the lecturers numbering 27 requested a special meeting of convocation to discuss and address issues they had with the building of the additional hostel facility.

At a recent press conference organized by the students to protest their displeasure over the stalling of the project, the aggrieved students, however, accused the lecturers of sabotage warning that they would do everything possible to ensure that the project was executed.

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