General News of Tuesday, 23 October 2018
The KNUST Alumni Association is calling for a cease fire following a violent demonstration by students of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology on Monday.
Government and private properties were vandalised by the rampaging students who were protesting what some term authorities high-handedness.
The university has since been closed down indefinitely by the school’s administration under the instruction of the Ashanti Regional Security Council.
The old students union of the KNUST issued a statement Monday evening to condemn the “wanton destruction of property”.
The statement signed by its Global President Eunice Akosua Ofosua Amoako wants cool heads to prevail.
“We therefore urge and appeal to all stakeholders, especially the leadership of the student body – SRC & GRASAG in particular, to employ all peaceful strategies to calm down the general students body and all others to stop further hostilities that are likely to lead to serious insecurities to human lives and further destruction of properties on Campus!”
Read the full statement below
VIOLENCE AND DESTRUCTION ON KNUST CAMPUS, KUMASI
The Global KNUST Alumni learns with deep regret and revulsion of injuries sustained by some members of the University Community, wanton destruction of property, as well as disruption of lectures on KNUST Campus, Kumasi, today, 22nd October, 2018, during what was purported to have been a peaceful demonstration.
While acknowledging that disputes between University Authorities and the student body may occur from time to time, the use of violence and destruction to resolve such disputes are totally unacceptable.
We are actively engaging all stakeholders by all means available to us to confirm the veracity of all these news making the rounds, especially on social media, investigate to find the immediate and root causes of what is leading to all these disturbances with the aim of finding lasting and agreeable solutions to ALL PARTIES.
We therefore urge and appeal to ALL STAKEHOLDERS, especially the LEADERSHIP of the student body – SRC & GRASAG in particular, to employ all peaceful strategies to calm down the general students body and all others to stop further hostilities that are likely to lead to serious insecurities to human lives and further destruction of properties on Campus!
As important stakeholders, sharing a common heritage — Kwame Nkrumah University Science and Technology (KNUST), let us work together to ensure peaceful coexistence, tolerance & forbearance, uplifting the image of our great University to the highest possible heights TOGETHER.
We owe this to our forbearers, ourselves and posterity!!! For indeed, NYANSAPO; WOSANE NO BADWENMA!!!!
God bless KNUST! God bless our homeland Ghana!! God bless Africa!!