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ZERO TOLERANCE FOR DISORDER AT KNUST: OTUMFUO ISSUES WARNING

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Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), has warned that the institution’s authorities will not tolerate any disorder from students, alumni or any other group related to KNUST.

Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), has warned that the institution’s authorities will not tolerate any disorder from students, alumni or any other group related to KNUST.

 

Swearing in members of the university’s new governing council on Tuesday, the Asantehene did not mince his words and warned that although free speech is allowed at the university, acts of defiance will not be countenanced.

Hotbed

“Yes, a university is nothing if not a hotbed of free expression, and the penchant for rigorous debate must be one of the intrinsic values we inculcate in our students,” Otumfuo said.

“But defiance and disorder can never be part of those values and it should be abundantly clear that neither students nor alumni nor any group in the university shall be allowed to dictate or conduct itself in a manner that undermines the integrity of management.”

The KNUST Chancellor also asked all parties to co-operate with the new council and help it to discharge its duties for the benefit of the institution.

“Nothing should be done to hamstring the council from either discharging its duty to develop policies for the running of the university in accordance with its statutes, nor to encourage students to feel they have the right to defy authority or cherry-pick rules they choose to obey,” he said.

KNUST’s new governing council has six new members: Nana Effah Apenteng, a retired diplomat and Omanhene of the Bompata Traditional Area, Hilda Hagar Ampadu, a public health specialist, Stephen Anoff Amoaning-Yankson, president of the Ghana Institution of Engineers, Alex Quaynor, a private legal practitioner, Nana Agyei Baffour Awuah and Alhaji Yakub A B Abubakar.

The other members are Kelvin Sah, Eunice Amoako, Isaac Dadzie, Alhaji Ahmed Yakub, Professor Joshua Agyarkwa, Professor Eric Forkuo, Charles Arthur, Nimo Baffour, Professor Kwasi Obiri-Danso and Rita Akosua Dickson.

“Morale” vigils

KNUST was closed down last month after a series of protests by students in reaction to the arrest of ten students and one alumnus.

The students were arrested for a holding vigils on campus without permission, according to the school authorities.

One other student who was allegedly mistreated by internal private security staff was admitted to KNUST Hospital but later discharged.

After this incident, the police arrested 20 students, who were later granted bail. A day later, on October 22, the school closed down indefinitely.

Students will start returning to campus from tomorrow and the school will reopen for lectures on Monday. The progress follows a meeting of the new governing council on 13 November.

Smooth take-off

The school’s council will consult the Ashanti Regional Security Council with the aim of getting the REGSEC to withdraw military and police personnel from campus. This should allow for smooth academic activities to resume on Monday.

The proposed schedule for reopening was put forward by the Asantehene.

He also plans to establish a committee, to be led by a judge and with four other members, to investigate the circumstances which led to closure of the school.