Students of the Ghana Institute of Journalism can finally heave a sigh of relief as they will soon find out about the true state of their new campus located at North Dzorwulu in the Greater Accra Region following management’s plan to have the new site as the venue for its 12th congregation.
The student body of the communication specialized school has over the years been at the receiving end of various assurances from its management and successive governments regarding the completion of its North Dzorwulu campus.
According to sources, although most students of the Ghana Institute of Journalism are aware of an ongoing project at North Dzorwulu, many are oblivious about the specific location of the site.
Some students of the school have held the assertion that the organization of the school’s 12th congregation at its new site will allow the project get the needed attention it deserved.
Zak Paul Musbau is an activist at the Ghana Institute of Journalism.
Students of the nation’s premier communication school have over the years bemoaned the limited infrastructure that was available to them for effective teaching and learning.
At a recent durbar organised by management of the Institute to establish a healthy relationship between themselves and students, the Students’ Representative Council was advised to find strategic means of drawing the attention of relevant authorities to assist in the completion of the school’s project at the North Dzorwulu site.
According to information provided by the school’s management on the new site in its 2017/2018 academic year students handbook, there currently exists a four storied building on the land.
Also, according to the former minister of education, Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, the project, as at October 2016 was 65% complete.
Interestingly, the management of the Institute in June this year said it was taking steps to build new lecture halls and hostels for the school which has a population of over 2,000 and called on building companies to “express their interest in the designing and supervision of the construction of a students hostel at the North Dzorwulu campus” of the school.
The Ghana Institute of Journalism, which will celebrate its 60 years of existence in 2019, received a charter to become a fully fledged university in 2009.
The school is currently located at Ridge near the Accra International Press Centre.
It has few lecture halls but no hostel facility, thus, its students are compelled to go for lectures from home or depend on services of private hostel facilities which are said to be expensive.
The communication specialized school recently made headlines after its management, without parliamentary approval, increased tuition fees between 15% – 20% for the 2018/2019 academic year – a decision which was fought by continuing students of school.
The 12th Congregation is scheduled to come off on Friday August 3, 2018.