Ghanaian president Akufo Addo summons officials over university violence

23 Oct, 2018 - 00:10 0 Views
Ghanaian president Akufo Addo summons officials over university violence President Nana Akufo-Addo

The Herald

ACCRA. – President Nana Akufo-Addo has summoned the National Security Minister, Albert Kan Dapaah, and Education Minister, Dr Mathew Opoku Prempeh to a meeting over recent developments at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).

The two ministers were expected brief the president on the situation and also inform him about measures that have been put in place bring matters to rest.

Hundreds of students of KNUST on Monday staged a protest against what they described as a rule of tyranny and oppression by the management of the school.

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

They also burnt a number of motorbikes, broke into and ransacked some administrative offices and defaced the school walls.

The development has received mixed reactions as some Ghanaians including alumni of the school have commended the students for what they describe as a show of bravery and courage to fight against the unfair treatment being meted out to them by the management.

Others have criticised the students for turning what was supposed to be a peaceful protest into a violent one that resulted in them destroying several properties.

Although the protest is said to be directly a result of the alleged brutalisation of some students by campus security when they were holding a “morale session”, it has been linked to the fracas between management of the school and some students over the conversion of two all-male halls into mixed halls.

Some alumni of two of the halls being affected by the conversion at KNUST had earlier petitioned President Akufo-Addo over the matter and asked him to intervene. – Ghanaweb

 

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