KNUST protest: Akufo Addo summons NAPO, Kan Dapaah

Written by on October 23, 2018

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo has summoned the National Security Minister, Albert Kan Dapaah, and Education Minister, Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh to a meeting following the violence at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) which has led to the closure of the institution.

The two ministers are expected to brief the President on the incident and the way forward.

Some students of KNUST, Monday, protested against the arrest of their colleagues last week, and the existence of a supposed oppressive regime on campus.

The protest turned violent, leading to the students destroying about 30 cars and other properties.

An executive of the Students’ Representative Council (SRC) who spoke on Citi FM on condition of anonymity said, though the peaceful demonstration turned violent, students cannot be blamed.

According to him, the protest was the only way to register their displeasure.

“For some time, management run the school without giving credence to students’ leadership. They disregard us in a way and we are just disgruntled. So what happened yesterday was a necessary evil. Let us admit that,” he said while adding that, the student front will not bear any cost for the destruction.

“If there are any damages the student representative front is not going to pick up or absorb any such cost. It is not our responsibility for causing any damage. We put out a message for a peaceful march. What ensued was obviously unforeseen. We were going to present a petition and when things escalated there was no one from administration to present it to. Even though we regret what happened, things escalated because of tension in the school.”

Meanwhile, the KNUST alumni has refuted claims the violence was masterminded by some old students.

Registrar of the University, Andrew Kwesi Boateng had said, “Information available to KNUST indicates clearly that some alumni of the University Hall were the brain behind [the rampage], orchestrating and executing the acts of vandalism as they came in several buses to participate in today’s activity.”

But George Tetteh Wayo, counsel for the alumni described the actions of the students as impulsive.

“It was spontaneous and as humans, we do not have control over spontaneity. The SRC was leading and they were in charge. Most of the alumni are in Accra. Those in Kumasi had gone to work. It is the same first years who are demonstrating against them, no alumni is there,” George Tetteh Wayo noted.

“It was ordained for it to happen for Prof Obiri Danso to know that he cannot come and change the entire historical nature of KNUST. The students are tired…The entire six halls. Whatever happened is to react directly to Obiri Danso’s administration of KNUST,” he added.

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