TENSION HAS rocked the University of Cape Coast (UCC) following the closure of Casely Hayford Hall (Casford) for the rest of the second semester due to a clash between students of the hall and those of Atlantic Hall on Monday March 31, 2008.
The Executive Committee of the Academic Board of the university, at an emergency meeting on Tuesday revealed that there was the need to restore law and order at the hall following the general violent behavior of students, including throwing of stones, use of petrol bombs, destruction of property, issuing of threats to the Hall Administration and shit-bombing the Hall Master's office among others.
The students were then ordered to vacate the hall by noon yesterday, but as at the time DAILY GUIDE got to the scene around 1.30pm, some students had put on red bands, packed their baggage, and were standing under trees chanting, “We won't go! We won't go!”
The tension started when students at Casford decided to visit the various halls on campus as part of the celebration of their hall week.
When they got to Atlantic Hall however, they were prevented from entering the hall's premises, which resulted in confusion.
The violent behavior of the students compelled the school authorities to close down the hall to protect lives and property.
Over one hundred police personnel from the Regional Police Headquarters have been placed at vantage points at the hall to maintain law and order.
Sources revealed that one of the students sustained injuries.
Speaking to DAILY GUIDE, Kofi Ohene, UCC Registrar said Casford, some two years ago, had a clash with Atlantic Hall, for which reason the university authorities banned it from celebrating its hall week.
He said this was the first time they were celebrating the Hall Week since then but unfortunately, violence had erupted again in the course of the celebrations.
Mr. Ohene mentioned Valco Hall and Kwame Nkrumah Hall, which had celebrated their hall weeks in a peaceful manner.
A release issued by the Students Representative Council (SRC) of the university and signed by Chairman of the SRC Executive Council, Samuel Bert Boadi Kusi, condemned the behaviour of the students since it could bring the hard won reputation of the university into disrepute.
The release hinted that the SRC was closely monitoring the situation and doing everything to ensure the restoration of calm.
The release therefore pledged the SRC's support to the investigative panel to establish the cause of the clash, and cautioned the panel to operate within the laws of the school and come out with recommendations that would be acceptable to the two parties.
Meanwhile school activities are in progress.
From Sarah Afful, Cape Coast