The Global Alumni Association of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science of Technology (KNUST) has said it is dismayed with the dissolution of the KNUST Governing Council.
Government resolved to dissolve KNUST’s Governing Council following meetings between the government, university management and other stakeholders over the recent violent protest by students that has led to a closure of the school.
A statement from the government said a 7-member Interim Council will be put in place to oversee the affairs of the school, while the school which has been closed since Tuesday following the violence, will be opened within 14-days.
The government said the interim council will be chaired by the Paramount Chief of Bompata Traditional Area, Nana Effa Apenteng for the 3-month period it has been given to serve.
The new council is also expected to expedite the reopening of the university.
According to them, the “dissolution of the governing council is highly irregular as the university is governed by its Act and Statutes from which sets of systems, structures, rules and regulation are derived”.
In a statement signed by its Global President Eunice Akosua Ofosua Amoako, the duties to be performed by the Interim Governing Council can equally be performed by the dissolved Governing Council
“It is our considered view that, the above terms of reference (TOR) assigned to this newly constituted “seven (7) member Interim Council of KNUST, could have been conveniently performed by the “dissolved” Governing Council. The statement said
The KNUST Alumni thus called on government to “immediately restore the dissolved Governing Council of KNUST, which was hitherto, properly constituted in accordance with the Act & Statutes and to grant the Council the opportunity to activate the relevant provisions and mechanisms in the Act & Statutes to address the current impasse.”
“By this approach, the Global KNUST Alumni Association believes that, peace and tranquility will be quickly restored on campus” the statement added
Meanwhile, the Ghana Association of University Administrators (GAUA) and the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) in KNUST, have all declared an indefinite strike until government restores the dissolved Council.
The leadership of the two groups indicate that they do not recognize the newly-constituted Interim Council.