KNUST Riots: Otumfuo Meets Aggrieved Unions Today
The Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, is scheduled to meet aggrieved parties in the ongoing impasse between government and labour unions at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
This has become necessary after government and the labour unions continue to clash over the representation on the governing council.
The clash is as a result of University Teachers Association of Ghana( UTAG) refusal to change its representative on the Council, a move government insists is a breach of the initial agreement between the two entities.
Speaking to Starr News, National President of UTAG Dr. Eric Opoku Mensah expressed hope the Chancellor will help find an amicable solution to the raging issue.
He however noted there is no guarantee that a desired outcome will emerge out of the meeting.
” We all know the issues and why things are what they are. Because of the respect we have for him, we would want to be hopeful that he would be able to resolve this issue”. – he indicated.
Information minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah however has appealed to the unions to reconsider their position and allow the school to reopen.
“The old council is a party to the impasse. Just as the actions of students, student leaders and school management will be subjects of the full investigation when the University is reopened, so will the actions and inactions of the old council be the subject of that investigation. The specific persons who constituted that council cannot therefore preside over the matters in which their own decisions and conduct will be a subject” he told the Press on Wednesday.