We’re not ready to pay even 1 pesewa of GH¢1.7m damages- KNUST SRC warns

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Property estimated at GH¢1.7  million were destroyed during students riots at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi, MyNewsGh.com can report.

Earlier University Relations Officer (URO) Kwame Yeboah had said he wasnt sure how the then unestimated damages will be paid for. Now that it has been established that the cost of the damages is about 1.7million Ghana cedis, Students of KNUST on social media have vowed to resist any attempt to make them pay for the cost.

An SRC Executive who spoke to MyNewsGh.com’s sister news outlet CITI said students cannot be blamed for the cost of the destruction and they are not willing to pay a dime to anybody. At the time, the estimates had not been made. He spoke under condition of anonymity.

The KNUST SRC executive also absolved the students from any blame for the acts of vandalism adding that the student front will not bear any cost for the destruction.

“If there are any damages the student representative front is not going to pick up or absorb any such cost. It is not our responsibility for causing any damage.” he said

“We put out a message for a peaceful march. What ensued was obviously unforeseen. We were going to present a petition and when things escalated there was no one from administration to present it to. Even though we regret what happened, things escalated because of tension in the school.”

Students of KNUST on Monday October 22, 2018, demonstrated on the campus against brutality by the University Security and went on destruction spree sparing no private and public property on sight.

Over 30 vehicles were destroyed including the property at the main Administration block and other facilities belonging to the University.

The school has been closed down after the students’ violent demonstration which led to the dissolution of the Governing Council.

The University Relations Officer (URO) Kwame Yeboah speaking in an interview with the media in Kumasi a while ago, said the damaged property have been assessed and the estimated cost is GH¢1.7 million

According to the PRO, the stolen items by the ramping students themselves belonging to university are yet to be estimated, promising to make figures will be made available to media when it is done

“As an institution, we cannot wait for the committee to finish its work. We are putting certain measures in place to fix some damaged property within our strength before the re-opening of the school”, he said.

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