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KNUST Students Demonstrate Over Excessive Increment In Hostel Prices

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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’.

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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.

KNUST Protestors

KNUST Protestors

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”.

KNUST Protestors

KNUST Protestors

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.

KNUST hostel fee Increment

KNUST hostel fee Increment

KNUST hostel fee Increment

KNUST hostel fee Increment

 

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.”

KNUST petition

KNUST petition

KNUST petition

KNUST petition

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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Accident On The Accra-Nsawam Highway, Police Alert Commuters To Travel With Caution

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Accident On The Accra-Nsawam Highway, Police Alert Commuters To Travel With Caution

The Police wishes to bring to the attention of the public, an accident on the Accra-Nsawam Highway, specifically near the Aisle Weighing Center.

The accident has blocked a section of the Accra-Nsawam highway.

Police officers are currently on the scene managing the situation and the public is advised to follow all temporary alternative routes provided for by us..

Efforts are underway to remove the vehicle off the road. Further updates will be given in due course.

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SHOCKING: 18 Out Of 20 Gorillas Contract COVID-19 At The Atlanta Zoo

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SHOCKING: 18 Out Of 20 Gorillas Contract COVID-19 At The Atlanta Zoo

According to reports, officials in the State have confirmed that 18 of 20 gorillas at the Atlanta zoo have contracted COVID-19.

This comes a few days after employees reported their first case. Many gorillas had runny noses and were coughing with an appetite change.

Zoo officials let it be known that no evidence suggests animals can transmit the virus to humans despite humans being able to transmit it to gorillas. “While humans are known to be able to transmit the virus to animals such as gorillas, and these cases have occurred at other zoos, there is currently no data to suggest that zoo animals can transmit the virus to humans.”

Officials continued, “Regardless, Zoo Atlanta visitors do not pose a transmission threat to the gorillas or vice versa given the distance between the areas used by guests and the animals’ habitats,”.

Sam Rivera, senior director of the Atlanta Zoo, stated there was concern because there is a strict protocol around COVID-19, but the gorillas were still affected.

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“The infections occurred in an area of the Zoo where COVID safety protocols are already at their most stringent,” Rivera said. “The use of PPE when working with great apes was already a standard practice at Zoo Atlanta due to their susceptibility to many of the same illnesses experienced by humans, including the common cold and influenza.”

At this time, the Atlanta Zoo is “using monoclonal antibodies to treat the gorillas at risk of developing complications from the virus,”.

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Any Married Man Who Claims He Does Not Have Side Chick Is A Liar, I Have One And My Wife Knows It – Odike

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Any Married Man Who Claims He Does Not Have Side Chick Is A Liar, I Have One And My Wife Knows It – Odike

Ghanaian businessman and politician Akwasi Addai Odike has disclosed that he proudly engages in extra-marital affairs which his wife is aware of and fine with.

According to the 57-year-old presidential aspirant, his wife knows her role and the side chick also understand her position thus they both respect each other and get along quite well.

Speaking to Nana Aba Anamoah on Starr FM, Odike said almost all married men have side chicks but they feel ashamed and guilty to reveal their identities.

He maintained that any married man who claims he does not have a side chick is a liar.

“I’m married with a girlfriend. My wife and girlfriend are both aware of this.”

“My father was polygamous, but I can’t sit here and tell Ghanaians I’m not. If any man is honest with himself and God. You do not have to swear to any woman that you are the only one. Never will I flatter anyone.”

“But if I discover that you are a suitable woman who can bring me joy, then sure. I expect my woman to understand me unconditionally and to love me unconditionally.”

Odike added that his primary source of happiness is women so he ensures that he treats women well, and have as many as he could afford to take care of.

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