In Central Region Communities wage war against UCC authorities

According to them, students from the university had been impregnating women from the communities indiscriminately without taking responsibility for their actions.

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Some angry residents of communities around the University of Cape Coast (UCC) in the Central Region on Wednesday staged a protest and blocked one of the entrances to the university.

The demonstrators, who were mainly young people numbering over a 100 were clad in red clothes and red armbands and headbands.

They argue that the university had failed to provide employment for them while women who attempt to sell at the university are driven away by security.

READ ALSO: Stop impregnating our girls - Cape Coast chief warns UCC students

According to them, students from the university had been impregnating women from the communities indiscriminately without taking responsibility for their actions.

The aggrieved youth added that the university has refused to accept students from the communities for admission, with scholarships meant for indigenes being diverted to other people.

But in a response, the Public Affairs Director of the UCC, Major Kofi Bentum (rtd.) said the protest is rather unfortunate as the university met with authorities from the communities in August and explained to them “that the university is not government and it is not our responsibility to provide them with facilities”.

“We do Corporate Social Responsibility depending on our budget and our ability to do that. The university is not a profit-making entity.”

Mr Bentum added that the university recently commissioned an eight-seater toilet facility in one of the communities, but the residents were requesting for more.

He, however, said the resources of the university were not enough to meet their demands.

Touching on the issue of UCC students impregnating women in the surrounding communities, Mr Bentum said: “That is a love affair between two consenting adults. If they are not adults, it is criminal and we allow the law to take its own course,” he told Accra-based Joy FM.

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