UCC calls for end to encroachment on lands

The Vice-Chan­cellor of the University of Cape Coast (UCC), Pro­fessor Johnson Nyarko Boampong, has called for an end to the encroachment by some individuals on lands belonging to the University.

He explained that the level of encroachment was affecting the future expansion of the insti­tution.

He, therefore, called for support from all stakeholders to protect the lands acquired by the state for the establishment of the University.

Prof. Boampong made the call in an interaction with the media after members of the governing council of UCC had completed a tour of some sites encroached on by private developers.

The inspection of the Uni­versity’s lands was to enable members of the governing council assess the extent of encroachment.

The team visited the bound­aries of the institution with its neighbouring communities namely; Akotokyir, Ankaful, Apewosika, Kwaprow and Kakomdo.

The tour enabled members of the governing council of UCC to take a definite position on the protection of lands belong­ing to the institution.

During the inspection, it was established that some of the pillars indicating the demarca­tion of UCC lands had been removed and developers were putting up structures on the university’s lands.

A number of students were also living in some hostels which were originally demar­cated as lands acquired for the establishment of the University.

Prof. Boampong further stat­ed that places that the Universi­ty had allocated for the con­struction of a teaching hospital had also been encroached on.

He explained that the Uni­versity had a future and said the economy of Cape Coast and the Central Region depended on the institution.

The total work force of the institution, he said, was over 5000 with estimated number of students being over 65,000

For his part, Head of Archi­tectural Encroachment Unit, Amankwaa Twumasi, also explained that the University had taken a number of mea­sures comprising the mounting of huge pillars and building of fence walls to prevent the encroachment.

Additionally, he said legal actions had been taken against some private developers who trespassed on the University’s lands.


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