A new council for the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), has been constituted and sworn into office Tuesday.
The newly reconstituted governing council were sworn in by the Education Minister, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh and supervised by the Chancellor of KNUST, Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu ll.
The six new members are joining nine others on the council.
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The governing council is made up of 15 members, four of whom are government representatives. A representative from the government chairs the council.
At Tuesday’s inauguration ceremony, the Asantehene expressed sadness about the recent riots that occasioned the dissolution of the council which, in turn, necessitated its reconstitution, saying: “It is a pain I do not bear likely.”
The Asantehene also disclosed that he will set up a five-member committee to launch a “full and transparent inquiry” into the incidents that resulted in the destruction of property estimated at GHS1.7 million.
On his part, the Education Minister said the reconstitution of this council “comes at a very sensitive point and requires clear leadership and direction from you as a matter of urgency to get academic work back on track.”
Meanwhile, following the inauguration of the council, the university is set to reopen on Friday, November 16, 2018.
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KNUST was temporarily shut down on 22 October 2018 after rioting students vandalised state and private property worth GHS1.7 million on campus, in protest to the school’s “tyrannical” leadership style.
Even though Friday is the official reopening date, students can report to campus from Wednesday, 14 November 2018, and academic work is scheduled to commence on Monday, 19 November 2018.
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