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UG students lament hall conditions despite $16 million refurbishment

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University of Ghana (UG) students have voiced their dissatisfaction and dismay regarding the poor conditions of their dormitories, even after the Sports Ministry reportedly spent $16 million on renovations in anticipation of the 2023 Africa Games.

Social media is abuzz with videos depicting dilapidated roofs, inundations, and substandard facilities in the communal kitchens and study areas of the Dr. Hilla Limann, Alexander Kwapong, Elizabeth Frances Sey, and Jean Nelson Aka halls.

In discussions with Citi News, students challenged the claimed improvements, pointing out the absence of noticeable enhancements post-renovation.

A student remarked, “Since my first year here, I haven’t observed any substantial refurbishments in the dorm as the authorities claim to have invested such funds.”

On the other hand, the university administration has acknowledged that the dormitories suffer from structural flaws leading to leaks during torrential rains, and efforts are being made to rectify these issues.

Prof. Rosina Kyerematen, the Dean of Student Affairs, clarified that the government funded and managed the renovation efforts, leaving the university without influence over the extent of the project.

“Renovations were overseen by the ministry. The university had nothing to do with any money coming in. There was an LOC in place that oversaw all the arrangements of the games. Normally when there are heavy rains, not all the halls but some parts of some of the halls flood.

“This is mainly because of the storm drains. If you notice the roots from Madina to Tetteh Quarshie and Airport were seriously flooded because of the storm drains and they are connected to the University’s drainage system so once the storm drains overflow, then that backwash comes to Legon. It doesn’t flood just the halls, but the roads too.”

“So, we are working with the PDSMD department, thus, the department responsible for structural issues on campus. Apart from the storm drains, some structural issues have to be addressed so the university is very concerned.”

Sources within the Sports Ministry clarified that the contract with the University of Ghana Enterprise Limited did not include repair works on leaking ceilings, as speculated.

UG Enterprise Limited also refuted claims that the Sports Ministry paid the company to undertake the preparatory work at the halls ahead of the Africa Games.

The university management has assured that they are working with the PDSMD department to address the structural issues and storm drain problems that contribute to the flooding.

The Enterprise has also committed to taking necessary steps to address the concerns of the students.

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