The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has denied involvement in the construction of the Asantehene’s statue at the redeveloped Kejetia Market that has generated some intense public debate since it was unveiled.
In a statement to the press, the University said the contract to produce the statue was not awarded to the Department of Painting and Sculpture but was undertaken by two lecturers of the school in their individual capacities.
The School, therefore, concluded that it had nothing to do with the production of the statue. However, it said it is willing to assist with technical expertise in the production of excellent monuments.
It would be recalled that as part of activities to mark the 20th-anniversary celebration of the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, a monument erected in his honor at the newly constructed Kejetia Market was unveiled by the Asantehene together with the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
But since the unveiling, there has been a huge public uproar about the quality of work done. Many residents who have taken to various mediums to share their views on the project say the statue does not bear any resemblance with Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.
Several other people who learned about the involvement of some KNUST lecturers took to the social media and others to condemn the University for the poor work.
It is against this backdrop that the University has come out to clarify that it was not involved in the production of the statue.