Vice-Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Prof. Kwasi Obir-Danso has expressed gratitude to all members of staff of the university for their “unflinching and unallayed support since events leading to the unfortunate closure of the University on October 22, 2018”
In an appreciation letter signed by Prof. Obiri-Danso, he noted that “the spirit of unity and solidarity
exhibited during the period of the closure of the university is very much commendable and deeply appreciated.
He added that he was convinced and highly motivated that by the show of solidarity, he can continue to count on their support in leading the university to achieve greater heights.
“I am convinced and highly motivated that by your show of solidarity, I can continue to count on the support of all members of staff and particularly, the staff unions i.e. UTAG, GAUA, SSAK and TEWU in leading the efforts to propel KNUST to the standards comparable to the best Universities in the World.” the statement said
Last Month, students of KNUST embarked on a protest to register their displeasure against management for keeping silent over recent cases of student brutalities on campus.
What was to be a peaceful protest unfortunately turned violent as properties valued at about GHC 1.7m were damaged by the aggrieved students.
Following the violent protest, government dissolved the school’s Governing Council and asked Prof. Obiri-Danso to step aside as Vice-Chancellor until investigations into the matter are completed.
Subsequently, various staff unions of the school including UTAG and GAUA declared a strike action demanding for the reinstatement of Prof. Obiri-Danso as well as the restoration of ‘dissolved’ Governing Council.
However, after the involvement of the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, who is Chancellor of the University, things have calmed down and academic work is set to continue on Monday, November 19, 2018