KNUST wahala: UTAG to the defense of Vice Chancellor, we won’t allow him to be sacked

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The University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) has indicted its displeasure at calls for the removal of the Vice Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Professor Kwasi Obiri-Danso.

According to the Association, the calls are unnecessary and lack merit because the Vice Chancellor was only implementing a policy that had been okayed by the University council which is the highest decision making body of the school.

President of UTAG Dr. Eric Opoku Mensah said the buck stops with the University council and so the Vice Chancellor cannot be held liable for the disturbances that took place in the school last Monday, leading to a closure of the school.

‘’We are not particularly happy with the way and manner people are commenting on the matter and particularly calling for the removal of the Vice Chancellor. This is not right. This doesn’t help things and the quest to restore sanity in the school. That is not how the universities operate. Let us all be patient and wait for the outcome of meetings and investigations and then we can be certain and firm on what we want.’’ he said.

According to him, the students are also complicit and should be condemned out rightly for the unruly behavior they exhibited.

The Association’s president said they are solidly behind the vice chancellor and the governing council of the school and that they must be allowed to streamline processes that will lead to the restoration of peace and the reopening of the school in the shortest possible time.

‘’We are solidly behind the vice chancellor of the school and the governing council. Some mistakes happened, we agree but the students were also a part of the mistake and so this blame game thing must stop. We will not allow the Vice Chancellor to be fired based on this matter or pressure from people.’’ he said.


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Kennedy Mornah is an Award Winning Ghanaian Journalist with over two decades of experience in the Ghanaian Media landscape spanning the electronic, print and digital media. He is a Media Consultant, a Corporate MC, Radio and TV Host, Founder and Publisher of the Maritime and Transport Digest Newspaper, Businessman, a Go getter and an optimist. He has worked for renowned media organizations including Diamond Fm in Tamale, Luv Fm in Kumasi, Oman Fm in Accra and Starr Fm in Accra In 2017 he received the Reporter of the Year Award at the Ghana Shippers Awards in Accra, Ghana.

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