UPSA students demo over siting of filling station

UPSA Demonstration

UPSA Demonstration

Students of the University of Professional Studies Accra, (UPSA), yesterday abandoned lectures and staged a demonstration demanding the closure of SEL Filling Station that shares a wall with the university.

The students clad in red and black outfits to express their anger and fear, chanted, drummed and danced to “war” songs to send their message across.

They carried placards with the inscription, “No death before action”, “SEL must go”, “We need more hostels not filling stations”, “We own our lives”, “I love my life,” among others.

The demonstration that was confined to the university campus was amidst drumming and dancing.

According to the students their lives were under threat, adding the explosion which happened at Atomic Junction near Madina on Saturday injured more than 20 students of UPSA.

They added that the gas explosion which made life uncomfortable for most of the students ignited their fear and need for them to make their voices heard.

They noted that since the construction of the SEL filling station which is just behind the university, attempts to relocate it have proved futile.

Speaking to the students, the Registrar of the school, Mustapha Seidu, expressed worry over the situation and assured them of effort to relocate or close down the filling station.

He noted that management was not sleeping on the matter and that a petition would be sent to the appropriate authorities to get the situation resolved.

In an interview, the President of the Students Representative Council (SRC), Justice Gaduga said students cannot sit in lectures in fear and hoped the demand for the relocation or closure would be complied with.

He said they would get out of the school and hit the streets on Friday when their notification to the police to demonstrate was due.

“We can’t go to class while our lives are in danger, until the filling stations around the school are closed, we will not relax,” the SRC President said.

According to him, about five filling stations are around the school and that put lives of students in danger considering how the students were affected in an accident about 300 metres away from the school.

Gaduga said that some students had dislocation among other injuries as a result of the Saturday explosion.

By Edem Mensah-Tsotorme

 

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