The University of Ghana has reverted to its old Hall quota of three people to a room, following the decongestion exercise, carried out last semester.
The exercise saw the student population at the Halls reducing. For instance Commonwealth Hall which over the past years used to host between 3,000 and 4,000 students, had its number reduced to 928last semester.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ernest Aryeetey, disclosed this at the biennial jamboree on Republic Day at the Commonwealth Hall gardens and remarked: “the success of the programme is largely due to the additional Halls which have been built”.
These include Elizabeth Sey, Dr. Hilla Limann, Jean Ackah-Nelson and Alexander Kwapong Halls.
Accordingly, the current situation has, thus abated the chronic population challenges by which regular students and “perchers” in residence swelled to about 10 in a room in almost all the Halls.
Prof. Aryeetey said the situation has eased the sanitation problems in the various Halls and created a more conducive learning environment.
He disclosed the Halls have been provided Internet wireless services so students can now access information, even in their rooms.
The university is refurbising its science laboratories to the tune of US$2.5m.
The Vice President, John Dramani Mahama, in his remarks, said he was overwhelmed by the progress the university had made in the area of infrastructure, against the backdrop of being confronted with a litany of woe s, anytime government officials visited educational institutions.
He said the initiatives in Legon campus show it is time, people started focusing on solving problems rather than only talking about them, all the time.
A Level 300 student of the Commonwealth Hall, Mr. Frank Boadu, in a chat with the ‘GhanaianTimes’ was happy with the changes which had come with the decongestion exercise, since the ‘perching’ has almost been eliminated.
According to him, the exercise has, however, come with a cost, since students in the traditional halls are now paying GH¢450 per semester, while those in the new Halls are paying GH¢720