Lawlessness laced with traces of tribal bigotry characterized the scene on the campus of UPSA where landguards, allegedly contracted by a certain Jato stormed the school’s new development project site to stop the contractor from going ahead with the day’s work.
This development project which is scheduled to be completed in 16-months involves a ten-floor multipurpose twin tower edifice and two new ten-storey hostel block facilities to cater for the increasing number of student population in the University.
Subsequently, the foresight of the school which is bedeviled with the increased in enrolment at the second-cycle level, is to equip the school to cater for the obvious influx of students who would be seeking tertiary education beginning next year.
However, work on the various sites have to stall following the intrusion and cessation of work by the said Jato and his gang of hoodlums – obviously operating at the behest and on the instructions of a higher authority about ownership of the land.
A case that really comes across as weak and unsound to say the least because of their premise; that the land on which the government is operating on belongs to government.
UPSA, it would be recalled, begun as a private institution but has since long been taken over by government. Not long ago, they attained full-fledged University status and have been documented as one of the forward- looking and better managed universities in the country. It is a state-owned university.
The sod-cutting ceremony to herald the beginning of the projects was done by the Minister of Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh on behalf of the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. “So what is the proper locus for anyone to challenge the use of a government property to the service of a government institution aside selfish parochial interests of fake-faced individuals?, a distraught staff quizzed. More so, if a university lauded for its infrastructural and educational achievements within the short period of attaining full-fledged university status cannot benefit from a legitimately procured government asset then who else stands the chance?