The government of Ghana through the Education Ministry has dissolved the governing council of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and has formed a 7 member interim council to man the affairs of the university.
The government in a statement issued by the public relation unit dated 25th October, 2018 formed a 7 member interim council to manage the university as advised by the education ministry.
The statement said the 7 member Interim council have been given three(3) months to achieve the following terms of reference:
1. To assume the powers of the governing council
2. To establish the causes of the recent students riot on campus.
3. To establish the full extent and cost of damage caused.
4. To resolve the difference between university management and the student body.
The President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo has ordered for the necessary arrangements to be made for school to reopen for serious academic work within 14 days.
The names of the 7 member interim council are as follows;
1. Nana Effah Appenteng (Chair)
2. Prof. Mrs Rita Akosua Dickson- Member
3. Dr. Edward Baffoe-Bonnie – Member
4. Madam Hilda Haggar-Ampadu -Member
5. Prof. Joshua Ayarkwa – Member
6. Mrs. Abena Antwi -Member
7. Mr. Kelvin Sah – Member
Some students of the University last Monday took to the streets of the University to register their displeasure over what they term as an inhumane treatment meted out to colleague students by the internal security of the university.
The disturbances called for the imposition of curfew from 6pm on Monday through to 6am, Tuesday which subsequently led to the indefinite closure of the university.
Ghanaian students were asked to pack and vacate from traditional halls as international students were housed in a hostel as arrangements were been made for their departure later on.
The Ministry of Education also urged various stakeholders to aid in bringing the university back to its academic life.
Attached is official statement signed by the Public Relations Unit
Source: Ghana/Robert Kumi Adu-Gyamfi, Successafrica.info