Students of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) have embarked on a demonstration against excessive increase of hostel fees.
The student s of the university in their plight have described the charges of accommodation as, ‘killer increment’.
The protest, on social media platforms with the hashtag, #FixKnustHostelPrices and on campus, is to demand that Management intervenes to stop the high cost of accommodation to be borne by students.
Some students who hit the streets on campus, kept chanting, “the son of the charcoal seller should have an accommodation” as they held placards with inscriptions such as, “Hostel prices higher than school fees? Poor students matter”.
It is shocking to know that the rent charges by some hostels, per annum, are as high as GH₵10,000.00 for executive rooms and GH₵9,000 for standard rooms. The least charge for a standard room is GH₵3,500.
Also, images circulating on social media alleged that some hostel authorities, have, in less than a week, doubled the charge for accommodation.
Meanwhile, the University Relations Officer, Dr. Norris Bekoe confirmed that information on the plight of the aggrieved students has reached his office.
He revealed that authorities of the University are engaging the relevant stakeholders, both the private hostel authorities and the hostel association under KNUST, to come to an amicable solution.
“Management led by the Office of the Dean of students, has been having some discussions with the hostel managers especially, those who have registered with us. The arrangement has been that their increment, if any, should not go beyond 10 per cent. Usually, the increment is between 10 to 12 per cent. So, most of them are adhering to that but those who are not registered with the University, are charging those astronomical rent.
Friday’s walk to the Rent Control Department, by the aggrieved students, Dr. Norris Bekoe noted, has been called off after engagements with the Students Representative Council (SRC).
“The leadership of the students have agreed not to embark on this walk but the discussion is ongoing. Even the hostels that are not registered with us, we have formed teams, so those people are going to engage the owners of these hostels one-on-one. Then we can have an amicable solution to some of these things.”
However, the Concerned Students Association of KNUST has submitted a petition to the University’s Management, describing the rise in accommodation charges as unimaginable and exorbitant, as many households are still struggling to make ends meet, owing to the adverse effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Adding that, “the self-actualization of individuals through education must not be compromised, much less to the exploitation by capital extremists all in the name of free market. This is not just an economic challenge but an issue of Human Rights.”
Meanwhile, Dr. Norris Bekoe has disclosed that the institution has entered into 55 agreements with private developers who want to build hostels on campus.
According to him, three of the developers will commence work in September this year.
“They are going to build something like a 20,000-bed capacity hostel. We have also been appealing to investors that if you want to invest in something so profitable, you can come to KNUST, we will give you land. You build, operate for about 45 years then you transfer the property to the university,” he further stated.
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‘Insurance industry tops voluntary blood donation’ – National Blood Service
The Commissioner of Insurance has urged other institutions in the country to emulate the NIC and the insurance industry in Ghana to donate blood to save our blood banks.
Dr Justice Ofori said this when the insurance industry led by its regulator, the National Insurance Commission (NIC) successfully donated 2,015 pints of blood to the National Blood Service (NBS) to save lives.
Excited by this feat during the closing ceremony of the 2022 Blood Donation Campaign, he added that the insurance industry is looking forward to donating more blood to the National Blood Service next year to beat its own record that it has set in 2022 with an unprecedented record of 2,015 units of blood (i.e. the statistics according to the NBS).
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Lemonade Finance presents John Dumelo in “For Mama”
Lemonade Finance is a cross-border payment solution that enables Africans in the Diaspora to send money to Ghana and other African countries. The App is available on the iOS and Google Play Store.
On October 14th, 2022, Lemonade Finance announced John Dumelo, a veteran actor and entrepreneur alongside Deloris Frimpong Manso popularly known as “Delay” and Dr Likee as Brand Ambassadors.
In the heartwarming “For Mama”, he affirms the brand’s promise of helping Africans in the diaspora give back and build home. He brings this vision to life using Lemonade Finance.
As an entrepreneur, John Dumelo understands how the financial support of diasporans can be key to livelihood, education and small businesses in Ghana.
You can watch the video here:
“For Mama” is a celebration of giving back, according to Ayoola Salako, Brand Marketing Manager at Lemonade Finance. “This video is a love letter to the many Africans that already trust us to send the sweetness home” Furthermore. “It is also an invitation to Ghanaians and other Africans in the diaspora, to trust Lemonade Finance as the best way to send money home
instantly, at the best rates and at zero fees”.
You can download the Lemonade Finance app on the iOS Store or Google Play Store. Customers who use the code DUMELO during signup will get a $10, £10 or C$10 cashback when they send over 100 Dollars, Pounds or Canadian Dollars to someone in Ghana or any other supported African countries.
Find out more about the possibilities of Lemonade Finance on this dedicated page for Ghana.
About Lemonade Finance
Lemonade Finance was founded on a simple goal, to make it easy for Africans to send and receive money from home easily.
With Lemonade Finance, Ghanaians in the UK, USA and Canada can send money to mobile money and bank accounts, at the best rates, instantly and at zero fees.
The Lemonade Finance app is used by thousands of Africans in the United States, Canada and the UK to send money back home to Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and seven other African countries.
The Official Lemonade Finance channels are:
Alex Opoku Mensah, Ashanti Regional Nss Director In Trouble As GRNMA Demand His Removal In 72hrs Or Strike Action
Mr Alex Opoku Mensah has come under intense fire in the last few hours after he went over to his daughter’s workplace to confront a nurse who challenged a patients prescription by the daughter who is a doctor at the Manhyia Govt hospital in the Ashanti Region . According to the viral audio , the Ashanti Regional NSS director was recorded using unprintable words to describe the nurse and at a point challenge her level of intelligence.
It has been reported that the daughter went to report the Nurse to him after she challenged the prescription. Mr Opoku-Mensah then zoomed to the Hospital to ‘deal’ with the nurse .
Following this , the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association have released a presser that if the NSS director is not removed from post in the next 72 hours , they will call upon the all nurses in the hospital to lay down tools indefinitely. Following the PRESS RELEASE , Mr Alex Opoku-Mensah took to his facebook page to apologize for how he behaved towards the nurse.
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