Story: Samuel Duodu, Sunyani
THE Sunyani Chapter of the Casely Hayford Hall alumni has called on traditional rulers, parents, civil society groups, ministers of the gospel, politicians and influential individuals in the society to impress upon the University of Cape Coast authorities to soften their stand on the recent disturbances that ensued between students of the hall and their counterparts at the Atlantic Hall.
According to the association, the university authorities had shown a sign of disrespect for chiefs, opinion leaders, civil society groups and student organisations by refusing to open the hall.
A statement by the association signed by Mr Michael Okyere Baafi, its vice chairman, and issued to the press in Sunyani alleged that the committee set up to investigate the disturbances was biased by suspending Casely Hayford Hall for two years and Atlantic Hall for just a year.
It stated that about 200 students were suffering by moving from one place to another in search of shelter, which would ultimately affect their studies.
“We are, therefore, appealing to the university authorities to open the hall with immediate effect, so that the students can get the peace of mind to learn and write their end-of-semester examination,” the release said.
It called on the university authorities to forgive and forget the actions of the Casely Hayford Hall students and temper justice with mercy.
The release also stressed the need for the university authorities not to make the Hall a mixed one as that would not help anybody.