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Bolga Poly students protest Ghc70k ‘rickety’ bus purchase

By:|April 19, 2017

Students at the Bolgatanga Polytechnic in the Upper East region are up in arms against the executives of the Students’ Representative Council (SRC) for expending a whopping Ghc 70,000 on a ‘rickety’ 12-seater bus.

According to a report, angry students, whose dues were taken to cover the expense, find the Toyota Caravan bus too rickety to be worth their money.

The Ghc70,000 urvan bus

“The van is very old. Even when they were bringing it all the way from Kumasi, it broke down two times on the way. We have written a petition to management to return the bus and bring back our money” a student lamented.

It has also emerged that, the actual cost of the bus was Ghc66, 000 as quoted on the invoice making rounds within the students circle, with the additional Ghc4, 000 was used to transport the vehicle from Kumasi to Bolga.

This situation has infuriated the sections of the student body, who are threatening to smash the vehicle if the SRC executives do not return it for a refund.

The report indicated that, some 150 students have already endorsed a petition for the impeachment of the SRC President, Francis Bugase, who is reported to have spearheaded the purchase of the bus against the interest of the students’ body.

However, the SRC President have denied any wrong doing, saying the aggrieved students are being led by some colleagues who became peeved after they lost the SRC presidential election to him.

Meanwhile, a 5-member committee set up by management of the Bolga Poly to investigate the issue has also submitted its report to the Rector, Dr. Mba Atinga, for comments and decisions at the management and academic board levels.

Dr. Mba, however noted that, management will deal with report at the end of the inter-polytechnics (GHAPSA) games, currently being hosted by the school, assuring that, anyone found culpable by the report would be dealt with according to the rules and regulations of the school.


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