Following briefs and recommendations received on the recent impasse of the Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has directed that the Governing Council of the University be dissolved.
Whilst condemning the violence that took place, the President, according to a press release from the Ministry of Education, has described the directive as being in the best interest of the University.
The statement said: “In response to the circumstance and underlying issues that led to the subsequent closing down of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, whilst condemning in no uncertain terms the violence that took place, has direct that in the best of the University, steps be taken by Minister of Education to dissolve its Governing Council. This follows briefs and recommendations received on the KNUST impasse.
Pursuant to this, the Ministry of Education hereby announces that it has dissolved the Governing Council of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.”
President Akufo-Addo has also directed that steps be taken to re-open the university within 14 days.
Mean while, a seven member interim council has been established within a three-months tenure to assume the powers of the governing council, to establish the causes of the recent student riots on campus, to establish the full extent and cost of damage caused, and to resolved the differences between the University management and the students.
The Interim Council comprises Nana Effah Appenteng (Chair), Prof. Rita Akosua Dickson, Dr. Edward Baffoe- Bonnie, Ms. Hilda Haggar Ampadu, Prof. Joshua Ayarkwa, Mrs. Abena Antwi, and Mr. Kelvin Sah.
“The Ministry of Education appeals to all stakeholders to support the Interim Council in its efforts to restore the university to normal academic life”, the statement further stated.