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Students using electric stoves to cook on UG campus amidst increase in utility tariffs

The University of Ghana, Legon students have come under fire from Nana Akomea for using electric burners to prepare their meals.

Professor Kofi Agyekum, sometimes known as Opanyin Agyekum, the head of linguistics at the University of Ghana, claims that students have switched to using electric stoves in order to avoid the risks associated with using gas on campus.

The Managing Director of the Intercity State Transport Corporation (STC) is less than thrilled about this activity on the UG campus, pointing out that Ghanaians’ lack of access to energy is largely due to student behavior.

“Using electricity for cooking? . . . because in their homes they won’t do that . . . I agree you say gas is a problem but I don’t think it is a good excuse for a university, an academic institution . . . in their homes they won’t do that . . . thousands of students in cubcles with everyone using stoves and it is also free . . . “ Nana Akomea wondered.

This is so that students can always use free electricity as the government always pays the school’s electricity costs.

As gas is much less expensive than electric, Nana Akomea encouraged the university administration to forbid students from using electric stoves and force them to use it instead.

He advised them to choose bio-digesters, which convert college waste into gas and distribute for use in cooking.

“This system of thousands and thousands of students cooking with electricity is not sustainable . . . today, as we talk, the government is paying a lot of money for students to cook; a lot of money . . . it’s not good. It doesn’t befit you; it’s an eyesore.”

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