The Physical Development and Municipal Services Directorate (PDMSD) of the University of Ghana has backtracked on its decision to close the University Staff Market popularly know as Bush Canteen following negotiations between the Management of the University and vendors.
PDMSD in a letter dated 28th of July, 2021 announced the closure of the Staff Market on Friday, the 30th of July due to non-compliance to COVID-19 safety protocols by both Licensees and Patrons of the market.
Earlier some students who spoke to UniversNews stated that management seeking to enforce strict adherence to COVID-19 safety protocols is a step in the right direction but the closure of the market is not the best option to consider.
“I don’t agree to closing down the market because it would not help both the sellers and patrons too. They should instead talk to and educate both sellers and buyers on the need to adhere to the protocols. I feel it’s a bad idea to close the market because there are just two main spots on campus where students go to get their tasty meals; Night market and the bush canteen and there are even more public places which are still open. Going ahead to close the market is not being fair to students. I think they should issue a word of caution to encourage users of the premises to comply with rules instead of closing it down. ”
Chairperson of the Staff Market, Madam Faustina Akyerema Yeboah in an interaction with UniversNews relayed that management’s decision to close the market has been rescinded upon negotiations.
She added that the vendors are awaiting further deliberations with the University’s management on how best COVID-19 safety protocols could be adhered to by both Licensees and Patrons of the premises.
“The closure of the premises will no longer be happening. We earlier this morning went to negotiate with management and fortunately, we have been allowed to tear down the notices. The market executives are scheduled to meet with management this afternoon to further deliberate on the issue for the way forward pertaining to strict adherence to COVID-19 safety protocols on the premises.”