GTA closes down 11 Hostels; Students worse affected
Posted on: 2014-Jan-08        
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The Ghana Tourism Authority has today closed down eleven private hostels housing students of the Central University College at Mataheko in Accra.

The closure has left students stranded and wandering about at the precincts of the various hostels.

Joy News' Joseph Opoku Gakpo named MPlaza and St Benedict Hostel as some of the hostels locked up with the notice of closure boldly displayed on the doors.

"The public is hereby informed that this facility has been closed down for failing to meet the requirements provided under the LI 1205 and patrons who used this facility do so at their own risk," he read the notice as saying.

Some of the students had their luggage's packed within the compounds of the locked hostels as the dejected students ponder over their limited accommodation options.

The closure is part of a nationwide exercise to close down hostels that have no operating licenses, the Tourism Authority explained.

The stranded students said the closure has disrupted their academic activities. Some of them accused officials of the Authority of taunting them during the closure and asking them to go sleep in the houses of their boyfriends.

The managers of the hostels claim they were not notified before the closures were undertaken. They would have taken proactive measures to get or renew their licenses, they stated.

Some have quickly gone to pay to renew their licences and to have their hostels reopened, Gakpo reported.

Officials at the Authority, say they will extend the exercise to other parts of capital and across the country in subsequent days.