University Management Meets Students

The management of the University of Cape Coast (UCC) has interacted with students to acquaint themselves with their challenges on campus. Dubbed " Management and Students Consultative Meeting," the forum was also to solicit views from the students to enhance the operations of the University. Student Leaders, from the Students Representative Council (SRC), the Graduate Students Association of Ghana (GRASAG) and the Distance Students Association of Ghana (DESAG), read their constituency reports at the meeting. The Student Leaders' reports highlighted security, water problems, Internet Connection, microphones, old shuttles, summer huts, furniture, amongst other burning issues. Addressing the students, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Joseph Ghartey Ampiah, said management of the University was concerned about the welfare of students on campus. He added that he was committed to finding a lasting solution to the concerns raised by students. "I am committed to finding solutions to students' problems,” the Vice-Chancellor indicated. Touching on Internet connectivity on campus, the Vice-Chancellor announced that the University would soon sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a South Korean company to redistribute the University's bandwidth to enable students and staff to access Internet at any place on campus. He said the company would build a satellite on campus which would use radio to broadcast the internet over the radius of 5 kilometers. On water problems, he said it was important that the University found other sources to generate potable water to students. Prof. Ampiah said that the Kwame Nkrumah Hall Water Treatment Plant could be replicated in all the halls in the University. On security, he said the University would not relent in its efforts to provide adequate security to students on campus. To this end, he indicated that management, in collaboration with the SRC and the Security Section, would erect security tents in the adjoining villages to intensify security. Prof. Ampiah praised the SRC for providing street lights on the "School Bus" road to increase illumination at night to reduce crime, adding that the campus security would patrol the road on foot and in patrol vehicles at night to intensify surveillance, along with mounted barriers to keep students safe. Some of the issues raised by the students included registration of students, ID cards, Electronic Database and other pressing matters.