We share in the fears expressed by students, especially, students of the Private Hostels, school Halls, and indeed ALL of us, who after paying 50 GH cedis each as hostel development levy, still hire private hostels whose managers charge exorbitant amount from students because we have few halls on campus and among the few halls we have, one has been closed down and this has brought pressure on the rest in operation therefore students are been forced to rent private hostels in the wa municipality where students feel insecure riding our bikes, holding our own laptops and phones, in addition to the fear of being painfully raped.

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We share the concerns of the lady, Kalid Zenab who is currently battling with her life at the Wa Regional Government Hospital due to the many cutlass wounds she suffered from her attackers as they tried robbing her.

We share the grief of the gentleman at Harvard square hostel who received unpalatable slaps, stabs and knife wounds for refusing to surrender his phone and items without putting up a fight on Thursday 29th September, 2015 evening when he was going to his hostel from a 5:30 to 7:30pm lecture on the road from Cardinal Derry hall to Harvard Square Hostel.

I am still afraid for the residents of Fanco International hostel in Bamahu since it is believed that Wa thieves and robbers are in groups and they always try to do anything to help their fellow thief or robber whenever he/she is in trouble. Students residing in Fanco International hostel recently beat a suspected thief they found at dawn and we are sure the suspected thief has friends and lovers who might retaliate later.

The continuous recurrence of these attacks obviously informs us about the inadequacy of our collective preparedness to face-off those miscreants.Our independent checks show a zero ubiquity of Security Personnel at identified flash points, hence exposing students to incessant attacks particularly in the period of blackouts, Revisions and Exams.

What baffles us is that, we have student leaders who were once mere students like anyone else on campus and were obvious of these happenings yet are doing significantly little if nothing to the situation. Should things remain same, quite a number of students (females inclusive) are contemplating carrying small knives, scissors and who knows, maybe firearms as part of their obligations for personal protection- or a situation where students, by themselves, form “Issakaba-like” vigilante groups on campus because of insecurity.

This will be a scenario not befitting of the World Class University status we all desire to achieve. Or would it?

For the weeks spend since the reopen of this trimester, we propose that the University considers cutting down the number of security personnel deployed during day time and “unleashing” them massively at night at “proper” locations. There should be a very strict monitoring team to identify and sanction those personnel who “famously” sleep on duty and in the long term, the “very old men” among the security guards be gracefully discharged to be replaced by strong young men and women.

While being compliant with Security Council counsel, that we walk in groups and avoid dark alleys, we, as students shall on our part continue to report loiterers and suspicious strangers we see around to aid your effort in offering us reliable protection.

Students are very worried about their safety and we know the stories you hear worry you too. We would be glad if our closed down hall is been renovated on time so that some students staying at unsafe areas in town and bamahu can move in. The SRC can at least help us with an SRC hostel on campus in the long term to help accommodate a significant number of students.

We beseech all stakeholders( administration body, Police and not leaving the SRC/NUGS for your split-second intervention in addressing these security challenges especially immediate, because Night Prayers and or mid-trimester examinations preparation is actively on course with late-night studies and group discussions almost inevitable, even as you put in place measures for a long term solution. Negotiations should be made with private hostels to provide security to residence of their hostels. Campus is far from safe. Students are in fear.

OKEIBUNO DAVID
B.ED SOCIAL SCIENCE
LEVEL 300
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AINOO OBED
B.ED BUSINESS STUDIES
LEVEL 200

Concern Students.

CC:
SRC
Pro VC
Head, UDS Security
SRC President
Media Houses
Students’ Notice Campus

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