Government reconstitutes new interim KNUST Governing Council

Accra, Oct. 25, GNA – The Governing Council of
the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) which was
dissolved following the unrest between the students and Management has been
replaced an interim Council.

The seven-member Interim Council are; to
assume the powers of the Governing Council; establish the causes of the recent
student riots on campus; establish the full extent and cost of damage caused;
and resolve the differences between the University’s management and student
body within a three month tenure.

The members of the Interim Council are; Nana
Effah Appenteng, Paramount Chief of the Bompata Traditional Area as the Chair,
Professor Rita Akosua Dickson, Dr Edward Baffoe-Bonnie, Madam Hilda Haggar
Ampadu, Prof Joshua Ayarkwa, Mrs Abena Antwi and Mr Kelvin Sah.

According to a statement issued by the Public
Relations Unit of the Ministry of Education to the Ghana News Agency, President
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo had directed that steps be taken to re-open the
University within 14 days.

The statement noted that President Akufo-Addo
whilst condemning in no uncertain terms, the violence that took place in the
school recently also directed that in the best interest of the University,
steps be taken by the Education Minister to dissolve its Governing Council.

In pursuant of this, the Ministry announced
that, it had dissolved the Council and subsequently replaced it with an Interim
Council.

The statement urged all stakeholders to
support the Interim Council in its efforts to restore the University to normal
academic life.

The confusion commenced when on Monday October
22, 2018, where demonstrating students vandalised property running into
millions of Cedis.

The University was subsequently shut down
indefinitely upon the advice of the Regional Security Council.

The view of the University Management as the
delegation observed was that increasingly, there had been acts of wayward
behaviour, hooliganism and incidents of violence on campus, hence the need to
take steps to protect life and property.

According to the statement, the position of
the student leadership was that the issues got beyond the University’s policy
to convert all the halls of residence into mixed sex halls.

It explained that it was later reported that
the students felt oppressed by some policies of the University Authorities and
therefore lived in fear.

It emphasised that the students believed they
did not have enough opportunities for conflict resolution and dialogue with the
authorities, resulting in a breakdown of trust between students and the authorities.

The statement noted that the Government’s
immediate priority was to expedite the re-opening of the University to ensure
smooth return to academic work and the view was shared by the University’s
lecturers.

It said Government was mindful of the adverse
international image the country would suffer if the University remained closed
for a protracted period, especially given the substantial number of foreign
students at KNUST.

GNA

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