The University of Cape Coast (UCC) says the massive encroachment on its lands is a threat to academic activities and future expansion.
Consequently, it has warned all trespassers to relocate before the University moved to demolish all unauthorized structures to protect lives and property.
“The encroachment on the University lands has assumed an alarming proportion, thereby posing serious threats to future expansion works.”
“We wish to appeal to Osabarima Kwesi Atta II, Omanhen of Oguaa Traditional Area and the Chiefs in the satellite communities to show interest in this matter.
“You must prevail upon members in these communities to desist from selling and encroaching on the University’s lands,” Professor Obeng Mireku, Chairman of the UCC’s Governing Council, said.
Professor Obeng Mireku, who is also the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the university made the appeal at the first and second sessions of the 54th Congregation held for the College of Humanities and Legal Studies, College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences and College of Health and Allied Sciences.
A total of 3,327 students graduated with Degrees and Diplomas of which 347 obtained first class, 1,555 secured Second Class Upper; 1,181 had Second Class Lower; 518 made Third Class and 86 had a pass.
Professor Mireku said the problem of encroachment on the University’s lands had received urgent attention from the University’s management, which is determined to protect their assets.
He advised staff of the University who were perpetrators of the act to stop immediately because in pursuance of the Lands Act, (Act 2020), individuals implicated in such deals would be dealt with without fear or favour.
As part of stringent measures to remedy the situation, he announced the University’s decision to demolish all illegal structures on its land to serve as a deterrent to others.
The University had also concluded plans to erect walls and install five electronic security gates at some entry boundaries at Akotokyir, Kakumdo and the Cape Coast Sports Stadium to enhance security.
Ahead of the University’s 60th-anniversary celebration next year, Prof Mireku urged all Alumni to participate fully and contribute towards a successful celebration.
Prof Johnson Nyarko Boampong, Vice-Chancellor of UCC, encouraged the graduates to consider setting up their businesses no matter how small to create jobs for themselves and the youth.
He reminded them that their successes and abilities to climb to greater social positions would require the application of their academic education, moral uprightness and focus as they strive towards excellence in all endeavours.
Therefore, they must create positive networks and forge sustainable bonds that will help transform their future and society at large, he added.