Contrary to media reports that Vice-Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Prof. Kwasi Obiri-Danso has agreed to restore the University and Unity halls of the school to their former status as all male halls, Public Relations Officer of the University’s Students Representative Council (SRC) has said that the circulating information is false.
According to media reports, the issue of the conversion of halls was one of the many matters that arose during a meeting between the SRC and school’s management on Friday November 23.
However, in an engagement with Maxwell Dankwa who is the PRO of KNUST’s SRC, he stressed that the circulating information was false and advised the public to disregard it as the issue of the halls was never mentioned at their meeting with university management.
“They are very false, the meeting that we had with the two hall executives and the vice chancellor had nothing to do with the issue to revert the halls back to their former all male status” Maxwell Dankwa told UniversNews
Maxwell Dankwa maintained that their discussion with the school authority was limited to “the impasse and how to restore the school to normalcy and academic life.”
Furthermore, management of the school has also advised the media to “cross check any information from all sides before publication” considering the present circumstance of the University.
In a post on their official Facebook account, school authorities stressed that “the issue of reverting to single sex halls was NEVER among the many other issues that were discussed.”
They added that the “decision to mix the halls was a Council decision and no one person has the power to reverse it.”
“The immediate focus of KNUST and all other stakeholders is to ensure that the academic year is saved and other matters arising from the unfortunate incident are amicably and thoroughly resolved.” – the statement added.
On Friday November 23, 2018, representatives of the University and Unity Halls and the executive of KNUST SRC sought an informal audience with the Vice-Chancellor and some University Officials.
At the meeting which took place at the Vice-Chancellor’s Office, discussions were said to be held on restoring the school back to normalcy after weeks of shutdown following a violent protest staged by students.
The protests, which saw properties worth over a million cedis damaged, was to register their displeasure over their insecurity on the university campus.