The Chief Executive Officer of the Youth Employment Agency, Justin Kodua Frimpong has recommended to Authorities of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) to release some of the available lands in the school to private investors and developers for the construction of hostels, as a solution to the current impasse that has turned the school upside down.
‘’There are large tracts of land on the campus. The Authorities should invite private investors and release the lands to them to construct more hostels so that this whole issue would be dealt with and resolved once and for all’’ he said on Accra based okay Fm and monitored by BestNewsGH.com.
The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology has been in the news for all the wrong reasons, following a long standing tango between the students and Authorities in the school over some newly introduced policies that the students deem inimical and unfriendly.
Monday October 22 2018 saw a big demonstration by the students culminating the destruction of several public properties, injuries to students and the detention of some students.
Reacting to the incident, the YEA boss took a swipe at the school authorities for the poor manner in which they handled the matter, saying the policies they introduced without proper consultation was to blame for the disturbances.
‘’ how can you merge the SRC account and the faculty account and make the dean of students the signatory? If it is for purposes of accountability, that is why we have the audit committee, to check that. Again how can you say you want to increase female enrollment in the school and decide to move boys to a hostel that accommodates only girls? Africa Hall is an all-female hostel, you then move boys there and you claim the reason is to increase female enrollment?, It means you have already defeated the purpose of the policy’’ he opined.
Mr. Kodua Frimpong chided those who are trying hard to drag the president, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo into the matter by accusing him of being the reason for the unfortunate incident, to desist from politicizing such a serious matter.
He also voiced his support for the students who have vowed to petition the president for the removal of the Vice Chancellor of the school, Professor Kwasi Obiri-Danso saying ‘’ I support them. The vice chancellor doesn’t seem to want to dialogue with the students to resolve this matter and if removing him will restore peace and sanity to the school, I am totally for it’’