The authorities at the Sunyani Technical University (STU) have called on government to assist the institution in the payment of its debt to utility providers.
Professor Kwadwo Adinkrah-Appiah, the Vice-Chancellor (VC) of the University, said the University owed Volta River Authority (VRA) and the Ghana Water Company Limited millions of Cedis and that has resulted in rampant disruption of electricity and water supply.
The VC was speaking at the second matriculation ceremony of the University in Sunyani which saw the admission of 2,226 students comprising 1,320 males and 906 females.
A total of 1,229 of them opted for science and technology programmes whilst 997 of them are pursuing business and humanities courses.
Prof Adinkrah-Appiah said the University has been compelled from time to time to use part of its Internally-Generated Fund (IGF) to pay utility providers to ensure constant supply of power and water.
“Since the IGF cannot clear the accumulated debt, we make a passionate appeal to the government to step in to clear this debt to give respite to the University administration to focus more on its core mandate of student training”, he said.
Prof Adinkrah-Appiah urged fresh students to endeavour to read and understand the rules and regulations of the University, as contained in the student’s handbook.
He admonished them against alcoholism, drug abuse, stealing, occultism and sexual misconduct, reminding them that their continuous stay in the University would depend on their conduct and academic performance.
Prof Adinkrah-Appiah assured the fresh students of the University’s readiness and commitment to protect and support respectful, law-abiding, hardworking and disciplined students, but added that trouble-makers would not be tolerated.
He advised them to attend to their studies and make use of facilitates available to them to undertake research and that would help them to improve on their knowledge.
Mr Samuel Ankamah Obour, the University’s Registrar, administered the matriculation oath.