University of Ghana management backs down on charging students utility fees


Authorities of the University of Ghana have declared that students will not be charged utility fees. This was made known on Thursday, 30th June, 2016 during a University Council meeting.
Students had earlier objected to a proposal to bill them in order to defray debts it( the university) owes utility companies. The charge was led by the SRC which, on 28th June, asserted, in a press conference, that students were in no position to pay utility bills.

President of UG-SRC, Esinam Afi Seade

President of UG-SRC, Esinam Afi Seade

This decision by management therefore comes to the great relief of students. The SRC has subsequently issued a statement on this development. Below is the statement in full:


(University of Ghana, Legon)
Friday, 1st July 2016
The leadership of the Students’ Representative Council (SRC) wishes to officially announce that, with effect from next academic year, students shall not be billed with the proposed utility charges which have been in contention over the past few weeks.

This decision was effected by the University’s management at the University’s Council meeting on the 30th of June, 2016.

The proposed charges of GHC2,326.00 and GHC922.00 which were earlier projected as utility charges for residential and non- residential students respectively have therefore been nullified.

In the light of this, students shall only pay their respective residential and academic fees from the start of the 2016/2017 academic year which effectively begins on Wednesday 17th August, 2016.
Such billings shall be duly communicated later.

The SRC is on this note expressing profound appreciation to all stakeholders who helped to facilitate this convenient outcome.
We are exceedingly grateful.

On this eventful day of this year’s Republic Day celebrations, we humbly anticipate that all celebrants shall cheer with utmost caution and moderation.

Our resolve to champion the interests of students remains unaltered, and with all available support, we shall always seek the best pasture for all students.

Happy Republic Day.


(President, UG SRC)
Issued by:
Ayirebi-Acquah Derrick Schandorf

Emmanuel Asakinaba

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