Kumasi, April 12, GNA – The University Hall (Katanga) of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has launched its Golden Jubilee celebrations with a plea to the government to act quickly and in good faith, to address the demands of the striking university teachers.
Mr Emmanuel Baah Yeboah, the Junior Common Room (JCR) President, said a common ground must be found – to end the impasse, for the return of the teachers to the lecture halls.
Members of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) have since April 2, withdrawn their services over unpaid arrears.
He expressed anxiety about the dire complications for the academic calendar of the public universities by the continued industrial strike.
‘Katanga’, is marking its jubilee celebration under the theme ’50 years at the heart of KNUST, a significant milestone’.
Professor William Otoo Ellis, the Vice Chancellor, said aside the fanfare, it is pertinent to undertake a retrospective and introspective view of the half-a-century existence in tandem with current dispensation by stakeholders.
‘A report to this effect would be exciting to read’ he added.
He acknowledged that as one of the male halls of residence on the campus, it had over the years been in the news for both the right and wrong decisions but said that notwithstanding, its contribution in the areas of sports and community impact had been tremendous.
The Vice Chancellor noted that one could not ‘fully complete the history of the university without mentioning the impact this Hall has made’.
As a former Hall Master, ‘I am fully aware of the number of illustrious sons of Africa that have passed through the Hall and are, thus proud Fellows’.
Dr S.C. Fialor, the Hall Master, advised the students to be disciplined and carry themselves with dignity to project a positive image of the Hall.
Activities lined up to mark the event include a health walk, donation to charity, home- coming summit and a durbar.