By Robert Anane, GNA
Accra, Oct. 26, GNA – Mr. Andy Osei Okrah,
Founder and President of Young Professionals and Youth Coalition (YPYC), on
Friday said restoring peace and harmony between authorities and students of the
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) would require utmost
tolerance and mutual respect.
It should also involve the thorough
participation of representatives and leaders of all concerned groups, as well
as a round-table stakeholder’s dialogue to build consensus, leveraged by a neutral
body such as the National Peace Council, to dispassionately resolve the
This was contained in a statement issued and
signed by Mr. Okrah, who is also a former Students Representative Council (SRC)
President of KNUST, as well as a former Deputy Ashanti Regional Minister.
The Foundation condemned the actions of both
security men and students, in recent unrests at KNUST.
“While regretting the indefinite closure of
the University because of its attendant effect on the academic calendar, may I
as a former SRC President, I call for
immediate restoration of calm on campus, as the parties work out a solution,
and restore the image of the University, as a citadel of academic excellence,”
the release said.
It appealed to the KNUST authorities, the
Ministry of Education, the SRC, the local NUGS and the entire student body to
remain calm, while efforts were made to resolve the situation.
Authorities of KNUST, following an emergency
meeting with the Ashanti Regional Security Council in Kumasi, has closed down
the University, after some aggrieved students of the University embarked on a
demonstration on Monday, October 22, during which they overturned vehicles and
smashed their windscreens, and also caused damage to billboards, louvers and a
number of other items.
The students said they were demonstrating
against brutalities by the University authorities.