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Protest UPSA students demonstrate against fuel station

The demonstration began at about 6:00am with over a hundred students demonstrating.

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Students of the University of Professional Studies have staged a demonstration this morning, October 9,  to demand the removal of a fuel station just behind the school.

This comes on the back of a gas explosion at Atomic junction on Saturday, that claimed seven lives and left several others injured.

The demonstration began at about 6:00am with over a hundred students demonstrating.

READ MORE: UPSA students threaten to force closure of fuel station near school

In a statement the Students’ Representative Council said "Due to the high number of casualties recorded by some students of UPSA, the executive council of the Students’ Representive Council (SRC) would like to by this notice inform the students of the University of Professional Studies, Accra declare a demonstration tomorrow, Monday 9th October, 2017".

According to the students, the SEL fuel station posed great danger as it was too close to facilities being used by students.

READ MORE: Ghanaians slam Government safety at fuel stations

The statement encouraged students to turn up for the demonstration even though there will be no lectures today.

However, the management of the University has said it will support the protest by the students of against the fuel station.

According to the head of environmental safety at UPSA, Maxwell Buaka, the top priority for the University’s management was the safety of the students, and that the Strategic Energies Limited (SEL) station at the site threatens that safety.

play Atomic Junction gas explosion

 

Below is the full statement:

To: THE ENTIRE STUDENT POPULACE OF THE UPSA

CALL FOR A MASSIVE DEMONSTRATION
❗❗❗❗❗❗❗❗❗

Due to the high number of casualties recorded by some students of UPSA, the executive council of the Students’ Representive Council (SRC) would like to by this notice inform the students of the University of Professional Studies, Accra declare a demonstration tomorrow, Monday 9th October, 2017.

READ MORE: 7 dead, 132 injured from gas explosion – Government confirms

We therefore call on all student leaders, student unions (NUGS, GUPS, USAG, etc) and all media houses to come on board to support the SRC as we embark on a demonstration demanding the immediate closure of the Sel filling station situated just behind the university.

Students are therefore advised to dress in black and red tomorrow with placards (Sel filling station must be closed down)

NB: Students should note that there will be no lectures tomorrow however, all students should be present for the demonstration.

Venue: Infront of LBC
Time: 08:30 am

Thank you.

Signed:
Justice Gadugah
Src President.

Issued:
Kwawukumey Winston

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