The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) will be reopened on Friday, November 16, 2018.
This was announced by the KNUST University Relations Officer, Kwame Yeboah on Tuesday afternoon, after the school’s new Governing Council was constituted and new members sworn in.
The school’s council will consult the Ashanti Regional Security Council with the aim of having it withdraw military and police personnel to allow for smooth academic activities to resume on Monday.
The proposed plan for the reopening was put across by the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, who is Chancellor of the University.
The Asantehene also plans to institute a probe in the circumstances that led to the closure of the school, Mr. Yeboah remarked.
“He [the Asantehene] made us aware of his intention reopen immediately and also have a body in place to also look at what happened and what can be done to resolve all these issues,” he stated.
The new KNUST Governing Council has six new members comprising Nana Effah Apenteng, a retired diplomat and Omanhene of Bompata traditional Area; Hilda Hagar Ampadu, public health specialist, Stephen Anoff Amoaning-Yankson, President of the Ghana Institute of Engineers, Alex Quaynor, a private legal practitioner, Nana Agyei Baffour Awuah and Alhaji Yakub A.B. Abubakar.
The other members of the council are Kelvin Sah, Eunice Amoako, Isaac Dadzie, Alhaji Ahmed Yakub, Prof Joshua Agyarkwa, Prof Eric Forkuo, Charles Arthur, Nimo Baffour, Prof Kwasi Obiri-Danso, Rita Akosua Dickson.
The four were sworn in today by the Education Minister, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh.
The previous KNUST governing council was dissolved after management-student tensions culminated in violent protests and the school was shut down.
The government constituted an interim University council after it closed down the school.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu II had been leading efforts to ensure the university reconstituted its Governing Council.
A new council was supposed to have been constituted two weeks ago, but stakeholders were unable to arrive at an agreement.
The school was to reopen on November 8 but that deadline was not met because of the impasse between the government and the unions.
Credit: Citi News