By: Concerned Students
A final year student of the Wa Campus of the University for Development Studies (UDS) has attempted suicide because he was unable to repay a an amount of 300 Ghana Cedis he borrowed from a female student.
Kofi Bless was found in his room lying unconscious and was rushed to the UDS hospital yesterday, Wednesday, July 3 2019.
The final year Banking and Finance student according to his colleagues who say they are concerned students, borrowed the amount from a female school and course mate, one Mimi and was unable to service the debt culminating in a series of warnings from one Mr. Bernard Bawuah whom the female student had reported the matter to.
The said Mr. Bawuah is the Head of the Banking and Finance Department of the University and a close friend of Mimi and the supervisor for the project work of the final year students.
Mr. Bawuah according to the concerned students, invited Kofi Bless to his office and urged him to take steps to pay the money to Mimi immediately and that it was for his (Kofi) own good if he wanted to graduate happily from the school.
They said the HOD on several occasions threatened Kofi in the presence of other students that if he does not service the debt, he will not graduate.
It was when the time for submission of their project work came that Mimi intensified her calls for Kofi to pay her the money since she was broke and needed it for feeding and completion of her project work.
Kofi was allegedly invited by Mr. Bawuah to his office last Friday and and asked that he (Kofi) brings his parents for them to help resolve the matter.
Kofi promised at the said meeting to pay back the money on Monday and again failed to do so, prompting several calls to him by the lecturer, followed by alleged threats and warnings including the fact that he will not graduate and that he will trail in his project work.
The students said Kofi wrote a letter apologizing to the lecturer for his inability to pick his phone calls, explaining that he was in the gym at the time the calls were made.
He apologised for his inability to pay the money and pleaded not to be trailed in the project work
They added that on Friday 28th June ,2019 the results of the project work were released and the Group members with whom Kofi did his project work all got pass marks except Kofi who failed with a 38% mark.
This turn of events took a toll on Kofi who became depressed, particularly about the fact that he cannot graduate.
This, it is believed forced him to attempt suicide as bottles suspected to contain some poisonous liquids were seen around him when he was discovered unconscious in his room.