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Calls For Force Removal Of KNUST VC Unfortunate – UTAG In Strong Defence


The University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) has said calls for the force resignation of the vice chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Professor Obiri-Danso is unfortunate.

Dr. Eric Opoku, the National President of the Association said, the vice chancellor cannot be blamed for the violent act of students last Monday and therefore calls for his resignation is uncalled for.

“We think this call is unfortunate and unnecessary, especially at this time,” Dr Opoku said in an interview with Joy News’ Richard Kwadwo Nyarko as sighted by Successafrica.info news team.

Some students of the University last Monday took to the streets of the University to register their displeasure over what they term as an inhumane treatment meted out to colleague students by the internal security of the university.

The disturbances called for the imposition of curfew from 6pm on Monday through to 6am, Tuesday which subsequently led to the indefinite closure of the university.

Ghanaian students were asked to pack and vacate from traditional halls as international students were housed in a hostel as arrangements were been made for their departure later on.

Details of an emergency meeting with the Education Minister and other stakeholders had have yet to be made public however the Information Minister, Hon. Kojo Nkrumah has said parties were cooperative.

However, the president of the association cannot fathom why there have been calls for the resignation of the Vice Chancellor.

Dr. Opoku does not understand why Prof Obiri-Danso should be blamed when there is a Governing Council.

“And the council is properly constituted and therefore this very matter that has brought about this crisis was a policy decision that was made by the Governing Council.

“If certain unfortunate things have happened as a result of the students’ response to this policy, UTAG does not think that the entire blame should be laid at the feet of the Vice-Chancellor,” he added.

He said Prof Obiri-Danso was only acting upon instruction given by the council, “that is how a university works so you cannot say the Vice-Chancellor should be taken out of office.”

He added that if even the Vice-Chancellor has to be removed, it won’t be done on the say-so of anyone but the university’s governing council.

Source: Ghana/Myjoyonline.com

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