When persuasion fails, force must be applied. That was exactly what happened on Monday night, when officials of the National Security Secretariat pulled down toll booths being erected by officials of the University of Ghana (UG).
Well-meaning Ghanaians and concerned parents have all raised issues with the university authorities for the decision to collect tolls, yet they were adamant about the requests.
Imagine, you have a ward at the university Primary, you have to drop him or her off every day from Monday to Friday and each time you pick them, you are required to pay for entering the university. Where is the fairness in this?
Government officials, including the Chief of Staff, Prosper Bani , had cause to appeal to the conscience of the Authourities to halt the toll collection, all fell on deaf ears. They thought they could do as they please, because it is Legon.
The UG may have the legal backing to do what they did, but it is not every law passed that must be enforced, especially when it is going to affect the livelihood of millions of people.
Authorities of the UG, must realize that the university is not an island, so cannot do things as if they are not part and parcel of the society, which is governed by rules and regulations.
Interestingly, politicians have all stayed away from the wanton display of insensitivity from the authourities of UG, because the users of campus roads and the students are discerning enough to know that their cries will only be for votes.
The opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), who will find everything wrong with this action had it had government blessing, have also decided to keep mute and are pretending to be like the proverbial monkey i.e. see no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil.
If it was trivial issues that would not advance the cause and interest of Ghanaians, like judgement debts, sale of State Assets, Presidential Staffers etc, which have Institutions to look into, politicians will quickly, jump onto it, for personal and parochial interests.