The University Students’ Association of Ghana (USAG) has called for a broad stakeholder investigation into an incident that took place at the Great Hall of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) involving students from the Unity Hall, popularly known as Conti, and the University Hall (Katanga).
The vetting of aspirants for this year’s Student Representative Council (SRC) election at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology went south as members of the two halls clashed on Saturday, July 3, 2021.
The clash resulted in the injury of students and the destruction of some school properties.
The University Students Association of Ghana, in a press release signed by the President, Christian Philip Armah on Sunday, July 4, 2021, condemned all the actors who “sponsored such a disgraceful conduct” and called for an immediate investigation into the incident.
“We would like to in no uncertain terms condemn the actors who sponsored such disgraceful conduct. We call for a broader stakeholder investigation and sanction to persons found culpable.”
The press release further stated that actions of violence of any kind cannot be tolerated in any school.
“As a constitutional requirement to produce a new crop of executives, this year’s vetting was expected to achieve one common goal; to elevate the competencies of candidates as potential office holders. In the case of the incident yesterday, it elevated a rather tumultuous and chaotic clash between competing camps for SRC Presidency. For the record, such happenings cannot be given any space in our body politic.”
The Association then disclosed that it will begin to roll out a manual of procedure to coordinate vetting processes in Universities in order to prevent violent acts from occurring.
“The University Students’ Association of Ghana will begin a charter with its members to map out a manual of procedure to guide the execution of vetting processes in order not to find ourselves in such a demeaning act ever again. As future leaders, we have a symbolic role to play in whatever happens to the forward movement of student leadership.”
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The Great Hall 😢 pic.twitter.com/uk5EdMHvzr
— Voice of Knust (@VOICE_of_KNUST) July 4, 2021