The former Deputy Education Minister, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa ( MP for North Tongu) has predicted that Government may change its representative on the yet to be reconstituted council of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology on Friday, November 2.
However, non of the bodies and institutions responsible for nominating members will make changes in the existing membership, with the exception of government which is likely to do so, he noted.
Ablakwa said since government has suggested a lack of confidence in the old council, it may change its members on the council as a face saving measure. He made the revelation on Asempa Fm’s Ekosii Sen programme on Tuesday.
The legislature expressed gratitude to the chancellor of the university, Otumfuor Osei Tutu II for stepping into this issue and insisting for the right thing to be done.
The Regional Security Council and the University Authorities imposed a curfew on the university last Monday when students took to the streets to register their displeasure over what they term as an inhumane treatment meted to colleague students by the internal security of the university which subsequently led to the indefinite closure of the university.
Information Minister designate, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah in response to Ablakwa’s comment said, the government is expecting the reconstitution of the council to take over from the interim council by Friday, November 2.
He added that the government has nothing to be ashamed of because the matter needed its intervention until the arrival of the chancellor of the university from a trip abroad.
With the return of the chancellor, he said government officials and other stakeholders met and briefed him on the development and steps taken so far, and further charged him to lead the effort an amicable solutions on Monday.
The 15-member Governing Council of the KNUST is composed of;
4 Government representatives
1 Vice Chancellor
1 Convocation (Professorial)
1 Convocation (Non professorial)
1 NCTE (National Council for Tertiary Education)
1 UTAG (University Teachers Association of Ghana)
1 CHASS – Conference of Heads of Assisted Senior High Schools
1 TEWU – Tertiary and Education Workers Union
1 GRASSAG – Graduate Students Association of Ghana
1 SRC – Students Representative Council
1 Registrar [Secretary to the Council
Source: Ghana/Robert Kumi Adu-Gyamfi, Successafrica.info/