NYA charges KNUST administration for chaos on campus

General News of Monday, 22 October 2018

Source: Myjoyonline.com

2018-10-22

NYA says it was unlawful for university security to take the law into their own hands

The National Youth Authority (NYA) has called on state security agencies to hold the university administration headed by Vice Chancellor Professor Kwasi Obiri-Danso accountable, for the gradual lawlessness that is setting in at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).

A statement issued by the authority stated: “the tacit endorsement of these shocking and barbaric acts by authorities of the university on students is very disgraceful, shameful and an affront to Ghana’s constitutional order and further leaves an indelible scar on Ghana’s democratic dispensation.”

“The Vice President should act responsibly and take the necessary actions in a timely manner, to avert any further brutalities and confusion that will only mar the peace on the KNUST campus,” the Authority stated.

On Saturda,y October 20, it was reported that one student had been injured and eleven others arrested after having a run-in with the security officers on the campus.

These students according to reports were arrested after they were said to have engaged in what is described as ‘morale’ activities with some alumni on campus.

The students on Monday, October 22, embarked on a demonstration to register their displeasure over what they term the as tyrant rule from the administration.

The NYA said that it was unlawful for university security to take the law into their own hands and treat students however they want to.

They explained in the statement that, KNUST under the leadership of the current Vice Chancellor, has been in the news for various negative reasons.

However, the Authority said they have also taken note of some criminal activities emanating from some purported students and call on the Police to deal with these suspects in accordance with the laws.

The NYA also called on the students to exercise restraint in their reactions to the barbaric attacks.

“As intellectuals, they must at every point in time adopt peaceful means in defending their constitutional rights and freedoms,” the authority added.

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PRESS RELEASE BY THE NATIONAL YOUTH AUTHORITY ON INHUMANE ATTACKS ON STUDENTS OF KNUST BY THE UNIVERSITY SECURITY

22nd October, 2018

For Immediate Release

The National Youth Authority has taken notice of the gradual lawlessness that is setting in at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and condemns unequivocally, the wanton acts of brutality meted out to protesting students. The bloody scenes unfolded as a result of this inhumane treatment of the students have been disseminated across the globe.

To say the least, the tacit endorsement of these shocking and barbaric acts by authorities of the university is very disgraceful, shameful and an affront to Ghana’s constitutional order and further leaves an indelible scar on Ghana’s democratic dispensation.

However, the Authority has also taken note of some criminal activities emanating from some purported students and call on the Police to deal with these suspects in accordance with the laws of our country.

In recent times KNUST under the leadership of the current Vice Chancellor has been in the news for various negative reasons. As the government agency responsible for youth development in this country we find the crude means adopted by leadership of the University in resolving student agitations such as the use of sheer force and acts of brutality reminiscent of the era of military rule.

This is criminal in nature and an affront to Ghana’s democracy. We are not in a banana republic to allow the university security to take the law into their own hands and treat students as if they are second class animals.

The National Youth Authority calls on all peace-loving Ghanaians including state security agencies to hold the university administration headed by Vice Chancellor Professor Kwasi Obiri-Danso, under whose watch this is happening, accountable, and demand that he acts responsibly and take the necessary actions in a timely manner, to avert any further brutalities and confusion that will only mar the peace on the KNUST campus.

While the Youth Authority condemns the acts of brutality being visited on students by the university security, we call on the students to exercise restraint in their reactions to the barbaric attacks. As intellectuals they must at every point in time adopt peaceful means in defending their constitutional rights and freedoms!

…SIGNED….

Emmanuel Sin-nyet Asigri

Chief Executive Officer

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