UDS students bemoan high cost of hostels facilities
Radio Mak || Ghamsah Fakihatu Kutam
The University byelaws in Ghana which makes it incumbent on the government to provide hostel facilities for students on campus, is not being implemented in most universities.
The Wa campus of the University for Development Studies (UDS) was no exception as students were compelled to seek residence within the Bamahu community where hostel prices were exorbitant.
Vivian Antwi, a landlady in the community said cost of hostels facilities was as a result of increase in fuel prices which translated into increase of building materials.
She went on to say that student’s taste of accommodation also accounted for the hostel prices.
“Most of the students want a single room self contain, that is a room with toilet and bath” she said, adding that digging manholes to contain sewage was also a contributing factor to cost of hostel prices.
Asiedu Mahama, another landlord in the area who shared similar views as Madam Antwi noted that prices of rent keeps going up because of the high demand for hostels, prices of land on the other hand keeps going up hence the increase in rent. He added that one would want to get back the cost incurred in purchasing a land for the hostels. Mr Mahama said,students wants facilities like kitchen, water, toilet and bath all in the same room hence the exorbitant prices,
Upon engaging some of the residence students on what they think about the hostel prices in community, one said he thinks it unfair since the hostel owner only want to make money from them.
“I think it fair because one will find a hostel that suit his or her pocket and taste” another added.
Another student when interview said, “people in this community not particularly landlords alone believes students are rich and when prices are placed they will be able to afford. “And besides we have no choice than to pay since we need a place to stay” she added.
Meanwhile, the affordable housing project which has been abandoned since it’s unveiling in 200, many think would have solved the problem of housing in the region.