The Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr. Simon Osei Mensah has issued a directive to students of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) to leave the school’s premises by midday of September 18, 2021.
Foreign students and students permitted by management of the university to stay are exempted from this directive.
This was contained in a statement issued and signed by the Regional Minister dated September 15, 2021.
According to the statement released, “intelligence gathered by the security services revealed that some groups of unruly students are planning some disturbances on campus on the eve of vacation, that is 17th September 2021”.
The Minister also reminded the students that the KNUST campus is still a security zone as declared in November 2018.
“It is instructive to remind the student population that the declaration of the university campus as security zone in November 2018 is still in force and therefore, it is an offense to demonstrate within the security zone.”
The Ashanti Regional Security Council which is headed by the Regional Minister revealed in its statement that security personnel is going to be deployed on campus to prevent any form of indiscipline by students.
“Security personnel will be visibly stationed on the university campus to ensure peace and security and prevent any unruly behavior by any group of students”
Simon Osei Mensah however urged parents and guardians to caution their wards to desist from such acts because anyone who flouts the laws would be dealt with accordingly.
Prior to this directive, management of the school had already informed students to vacate the halls of residence and KNUST-owned hostels by 12 noon on Saturday, September 18 2021 in a letter issued and signed by the deputy registrar of the university, Madam Margaret Dzisi.