Asantehene visits KNUST after students’ riot

The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has toured parts of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) which were vandalized during the recent students’ demonstration, over the alleged brutalities of some students by campus security.

The visit by the Asantehene, who is also the Chancellor of the University,was to witness the extent of damages on campus, and also follows on the backdrop  of a delegation from the Vice Chancellors Ghana (VCG) who paid a courtesy call on him at the Manhyia Palace, to express their appreciation for his intervention.

The tour also comes at the time the government has announced to reconstitute the Governing Council by November 2, 2018, which was earlier dissolved, thus taking over, once more, from the Interim Governing Council (IMC).

The latest changes were declared, upon a meeting at the Manhyia Palace over the KNUST ‘leadership fiasco’ days after the impasse, on Otumfuo’s return to the country, according to some close sources.

During his tour of the KNUST campus, the Asantehene visited the Republic Hall, Dean of Students’ Office, the University’s workshop as well as the main Security Office.

The Asantehene later went into a closed-door meeting with the members of the VCG and other officials, after the visit.

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The Chief of Staff of the Manhyia Palace, Mr. Kofi Badu told some media men present, at the time, that Otumfuo was not happy with what he saw on campus.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Health and Allied Sciences, Prof John Owusu Gyapong, who speaks for VCG, an association made up of all vice-chancellors of public universities, said they were shocked with the level of destruction.

“We had underestimated the cost of damages which run into millions of cedis,” however, he added that “the key thing to do now is to restore normalcy to the University.”

He hinted that a Committee is likely to be put together upon the reopening of the University to look into the incident while coming up with measures to forestall future happenings.

Dr. Gyapong said the incident will serve as a lesson for all vice chancellors but stated that they do not agree to students resorting to violence to make their case.

Meanwhile, the University authorities have said cost of properties damaged during the ‘botched peaceful students’ demonstration’ could reach GHS1.7 million.

These include facilities destroyed at some of the halls, as well as several vehicles of staff and other individuals that were torched and smashed during the rampage.

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Although there has not been any official indication of whether the students would be made to pay for the cost of the damages, repairs works have already begun ahead of the reopening of the University.

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