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Regional News of Wednesday, 29 June 2016


Government must come clear on utility payment - Cape Coast Polytechnic

The Student Representative Council of the Cape Coast Polytechnic has called on the government to come clear on its policy on tariff payment in tertiary institutions.

The call comes on the back of power cut to the school by the Electricity Company of Ghana over an unpaid debt. Cape Coast Polytechnic owes the ECG GHC 1.1 million in bills, causing the utility provider to cut power to the school as students take their end of semester exams.

SRC President of the School, Ahiagba Newton Selorm in an interview with Starr News' Central regional correspondent Kwaku Baah-Acheamfour said a full disclosure from the government on the payment of bills by students will enable administrators of schools to plan well to avoid power cuts.

“We don’t know where we stand as students because the government made promises to Public tertiary institutions. We can’t sit for someone to make his own promise and at the end of the day, tell us to go and take responsibility for his own words.

"Government must, first of all, tell us if he is still in charge of the payment of utilities and clear all utility debt since it’s his own promise," Newton added.

Meanwhile, ECG is yet to connect power to the school after government directed that schools and hospitals must be exempted from the disconnection exercise.