UTAG stalls KNUST progress

The formation of a new Governing Council of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi could not take place in Kumasi on Friday as announced earlier.

Reports said the process, which was supposed to be facilitated by the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Chancellor of the University, hit the snag at the eleventh-hour.

The University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) allegedly refused to comply with the laid-down regulations regarding the formation of the new council.

All stakeholders were supposed to present new people to form the new governing council of the university but UTAG breached the order by presenting members of the previous council.

The decision of UTAG, according to unconfirmed reports, frustrated efforts to constitute the new governing council of KNUST on Friday as announced earlier.

Genesis of confusion

The various stakeholders that have representatives on the new KNUST Council, according to reports, were explicitly told to present new people to form the new council latest by Friday, to the Asantehene.

The agreement was reached when the government, UTAG and other major stakeholders held fruitful discussions with Otumfuo at the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi last week, DAILY GUIDE gathered.

The government was represented at the meeting by Yaw Osafo Marfo, Senior Minister, Kan Dapaah, National Security Minister and Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, Information Minister.

It was agreed at the said meeting that the students’ riots at the KNUST happened during the tenure of the previous council, who clearly failed to manage the affairs of school, so their members should not be part of the new council.

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