UG stops Yvonne Nelson’s ‘dumsor’ vigil

sarodieThere are strong indications that the planned vigil by some young Ghanaian artistes to protest against the power crisis in the country will not come on at the proposed venue – the University of Ghana, Legon.

Some artistes, including Yvonne Nelson, Sarkodie, Nikki Samonas, Kwaku Elliot and Lydia Forson have scheduled an event they called a peaceful candlelight vigil at the University’s Sports Stadium on Saturday, May 16.

But the university’s authority said the stadium is still under construction and remained “a no go area”, apart from few authorised persons and workers.

Speaking to the Ghanaian Times yesterday, Professor Kwame Offei, a Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Legon said the planners of the event have not formally written to authorities about their intended activities.

“We have heard a vigil will be organised on our Legon Campus but we have not received any letter to that effect,” Prof. Offei who is in charge of Academic and Students Affairs stated.

Asked if the university authority would permit the event should the organisers send a letter, he indicated that any decision would be based on the merit and content of the letter.

According to him, the proposed date for the vigil that has been circulating on social media does not make it conducive for the event to be held on any part of the university campus.

The Pro-Vice Chancellor noted that by next Saturday, students would be writing their examinations and there was the need for a conducive atmosphere for studying.

He said although the university does not deny anyone or civic societies from using its campus for their activities, such activity should be done in conformity with approved standards and policies of the university.

Ms Nelson started social media campaign “hashtag #Dumsormuststop” last Tuesday urging Ghanaians affected by the power crisis, popular referred to as Dumsor, to join the intended vigil.

Several days later, Nelson, her rapper friend, Sarkodie and actress/producer, Lydia Forson said they had written to the Accra Regional Police Command seeking a permit to carry out the event.

But at press time the police said they are yet to grant them a permit because they have not gotten the consent of the University of Ghana.

Meanwhile former President of the Ghana Actors Guild, Nii Odoi Mensah has criticised the planned vigil saying it would amount to nothing.

By Ian Motey  

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