Politics of Friday, 26 October 2018
An aspiring flagbearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has described as “comedy of errors” the impasse at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).
Alban Bagbin said all stakeholders involved in the issue used their hearts instead of their heads to settle the matter.
KNUST has been closed down following a demonstration by students over, among other things, the conversion of male halls to mixed halls which led to the destruction of properties.
The government, in a response, dissolved the school’s Governing Council and formed an interim one to investigate what led to the protest and provide solutions in three months.
Also, the new council will determine the fate of the Vice Chancellor, Prof Kwasi Obiri Danso.
But on Adom FM’s morning show, Dwaso Nsem Friday, Alban Bagbin said he would have solved the issue differently.
As an experienced politician, he said he would have called for calm, stop management from converting the halls for peace to prevail. In his view, government erred in dissolving the KNUST Governing Council when all parties have not come to a consensus.
“Government has set bad precedence; a similar thing happened at the University of Education, Winneba and I think it is wrong,” he noted. The presidential hopeful also blamed school management for “being insensitive” to the plight of the students.
“The management was wrong in implementing an unpopular decision. The University Council should have been proactive and get management to stop the high handedness,” he added.
The NDC guru faulted the students for vandalizing properties to drive home their concerns.
Hon. Bagbin called for a ceasefire as the new council works to restore calm for academic work to resume.
Hon. Bagbin who is also the second deputy Speaker of Parliament said the government should have allowed the rule of law to prevail.