By Bernice Bessey
Representatives from the male halls of universities in the country have joined forces together to promote a healthy relationship and development among themselves, as well as reduce incidences of unwarranted rivalries that have long existed.
The joint force, dubbed ‘United front’, brought together four males halls – Commonwealth Hall, Casley Hayford Hall, Unity Hall and University Hall of the University Ghana, Legon, University of Cape Coast and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) respectively to dialogue.
Briefing the media Friday in Accra about the latest development in the students’ world, Samuel Sadat Saeed Afari, former General Secretary of Katanga, KNUST, Kumasi, said unhealthy rivalry over years had weakened their core values and similarly shut down the dreams of most students who get paralyzed or injured during clashes.
He further added: “It has also undermined the security of students, making our campuses and universities unsafe for inter-halls and inter-university programmes. Similarly, the lives of student leaders of these halls are a living hell, since most of them are either rusticated or their certificates are withheld as scapegoats.”
The former students’ leader strongly holds the view that if these negativities are not well curtailed, it might plunge the nation into doom, since resources meant for development would be divert into crises management.
This, he explained, informed the formation of the United Front, which would be used as a catalyst for promoting healthy relationships between these halls, even though the union is still in the developing stages.
Activities lined up for the creation of this relationship include a general platform that would offer the chance to bridge the communication gap between these halls, and the institution of common programmes, including capacity building workshops and conferences.
A committee is hoped to be formed to manage and champion the cause of the male halls fraternity.
He also used the opportunity to condemn various attempts by universities’ authorities to convert male halls into mixed, arguing: “The attempt to convert these male halls is solely to facilitate managements’ dictatorial regimes across our universities, since the SRC, NUGS and USAG have failed as students’ mouthpieces.
“As was attempted in UCC and UG, the current happenings in KNUST, if not overruled, will make our wards orphans in KNUST, because when the going gets tough, it is these halls that lead the emancipation call.”
Samuel lambasted the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) and the Students Representative Council (SRC) for not being proactive to safeguard the fates of male halls facing threats of conversion.