In his State of the SRC address, president of the University of Ghana Student Representative Council Davis Ohene Fobi stated that the SRC succeeded in convincing the Member of Parliament for Ayawaso West Wugon, Hon. Emmanuel Kyeremateng Agyarko to ‘provide street lights from Africa Union Hall(Pentagon) to James Top Nelson Yankah Hall(TF)’. He said the project, ‘came at a cost of about GhC200,000.00 out of his common fund’. He added that ‘ the residents there are already benefiting from the project’.
Contrary to his declarations, checks by #UniversNews show the only source of light at night on the stretch of road are the already existing street lights around the African Union and United Nation Halls. The only source of light for James Top Nelson Yankah Hall is from the toll booth.
However, #UniversNews counted 20 new street lights which do not work. These are reported to have been fixed late last semester. The lights are fixed at stretches of the road that have thick bushes and often serve as a hide out for assailants to carry out their atrocious and heinous acts on unsuspecting students.
Students were spotted plying the road as late as 10:30pm often alone or in pairs.
Speaking to #UniversNews SRC presidential aspirant SK Amoah who was seen plying the road late at night said the situation is ‘risky and puts the lives of students in danger’.
During the campaign session, Davis Ohene Fobi promised to safeguard the ‘safety and security’ of students by ‘advocating for the building of a foot bridge at Okponglo junction to prevent accident, advocate for increased Police visibility on campus to curb regular attacks on students, advocate for the repair and provision of street in dark and dangerous areas on campus and organize mass education on personal and safety tips for student-security awareness’.
With nearly 3 more months to hand over power, the administration is yet to fulfill its promise to advocate for the construction of a foot bridge at the Okponglo intersection- a spot that has drenched the blood of a number of innocent students through accidents, police visibility is non existing as Legon security keeps battling with an understaffed unmotivated security, while students patiently wait to hear clarion calls for the ‘mass education on personal and safety tips for students-security awareness’ as promised.
It is not clear if GhC200,000.00 is the real cost of the 20 street lights that are yet to be powered as touted by the president.