KNUST Council tasked to restore order as students pack out of campus

Bantammmanhene  (in green clothh) and other chiefs inspecting one of the smashed and turned vehicles

Bantammmanhene (in green clothh) and other chiefs inspecting one of the smashed and turned vehicles

The Council of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has been charged to as soon as possible work to resolve the current situation at the university in order to get it re-opened for academic work to begin.

The directive, according to the University Relations Officer, Mr Kwame Yeboah followed a crunch meeting between the management of the university, the Regional Security Council (REGSEC) and the Minister of Education, Dr Mathew Opoku Prempeh on Tuesday.

Mr Yeboah, who briefed the media after the meeting, disclosed that, it was to brief the team on the riot and what caused it.

He indicated that, no date has been fixed for the reopening because a lot of things needed to be fixed because of the destructions caused yesterday and the university needed to also find ways to resolve the problems with the integration of the halls that in a way caused the riot yesterday.

Mr Yeboah then denied reports that the Vice Chancellor, Professor Kwesi Obiri-Danso had resigned saying “it should be disregarded.”

Meanwhile, the Bantamahene, Bafour Asare Owusu Amankwatia V who led a delegation from the Kumasi Traditional Council visited the university campus yesterday morning to see the extent of damage caused as a result of the riot.

According to him, he and his team would present a report to the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu ll, the Chancellor of the university as he was out of the country.

He condemned the actions of the students and noted that, the extent of damage caused was unprecedented in the country and such behaviour should not be entertained in the country.

Baffour Asare Owusu Amankwatia urged the students to exercise restraint as stakeholders were working to resolve the matter.

However, the Ghanaian Times observed during a visit to the campus in the morning that, students were rushing to leave the premises of the university amid tight security following a directive that was given that all with the exception of foreign students should leave the campus by 12:00 noon on Tuesday.

More than 15 buses were seen on the campus to cash in on the situation and transport students who lived outside the Ashanti Region to their respective destinations.

The Minister of Education, Dr Prempeh declined to comment on the issue or the meeting held with the REGSEC and University staff on the matter.

A demonstration on Monday by students of the KNUST turned violent resulting in the destruction of university property including vehicles, motor cycles, louvre blades and files among others.

FROM FAUSTINA KWAMEA OSEI

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