The Minister for Information, Hon. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has revealed that the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) will resume on November 8, 2018 after it was temporarily shut down over students uprising which led to the destruction of properties totaling GHC1.7M.
In a press interview covered by MyNewsGh.com on Monday, the Information Minister remarked that the government remains committed to have the University’s academic life restored to normalcy hence, the call on the various stakeholders to comply with agreed directives.
‘Government has presented its new members for the soon to be constituted KNUST governing council but it deems it fit that, members of the old council are replaced since it failed in its output.’
“The old council is a party to the impasse. Just as the actions of students, student leaders and school management will be subjects of the full investigation when the University is reopened, so will the actions and inactions of the old council be the subject of that investigation. The specific persons who constituted that council cannot, therefore, preside over the matters in which their own decisions and conduct will be subjects of investigation” he stated.
However, the Local chapter of the University Teachers Association (UTAG KNUST) has maintained that, they won’t heed to the call of government to replace their members as in their view, they haven’t failed and are competent to represent their interest.
Prof. Charles Marfo, the Vice-President of UTAG KNUST described the call by the government as ‘tyrannical and ugly.’
The KNUST was shut down after the outbreak of violence and destruction of properties following the students’ demonstration on October 22, 2018. The government intervened with a series of Emergency and Interim measures on the University campus.
Though the Interim council was given up to three months, government’s subsequent assessment was that it can hand over the University and all emergency measures taken to a new council, earlier than expected, if one is agreed upon and inaugurated as soon as possible.
The Ofoase-Ayirebi legislator further noted that although the parties missed the Friday November 2 timeline, the government is hopeful all parties will cooperate with the process to inaugurate a new council this week and hand over all interim and emergency measures to the new council.
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