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Dismissal sparks more chaos at KNUST as UTAG, GAUA declare strike

BY KWAME ACHEAMPONG


THE KWAME Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) branch of the University Teachers Association (UTAG) has declared an indefinite strike following the dissolution of the University’s Governing Council.

The industrial action was taken after a crunch meeting by the lecturers on campus on Friday, October 26, 2018.

Also, the Ghana Association of University Administrators (GAUA) on Friday, October 26, announced their withdrawal of services following the dissolution of the Governing Council.

“The Ghana Association of University Administrators (GAUA), KNUST branch is deeply stunned by the government’s decision to dissolve the Governing Council of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, as part of measures to address the impasse in the university by establishing an interim Council.

“We believe that the University Act and statutes provide an adequate mechanism to deal with the impasse. We, therefore, do not recognise the Interim Council and so reject it outright. GAUA insists on the restoration of the dissolved Governing Council of the university.

“We, therefore, withdraw our services with immediate effect until the restoration of the Council,” Anthony Gollo, vice president of GAUA, noted in the statement.

These developments come days after the government dissolved the Governing Council of the university after a violent protest by students over what they described as brutalities by authorities.

Decision to dissolve Council illegal

The lecturers had earlier described the government’s decision to dissolve the Council as illegal.

“We do not believe that the action taken by the government is the best way to resolve the issue as it frowns on the autonomy of the University and smacks of political interference,” a statement signed by Professor Eric K. Forkuo, President of KNUST-UTAG, noted.

“UTAG-KNUST, therefore, wishes to state emphatically that it does not accept this interim arrangement by government and insist on government allowing the Act and Statutes of the University to work,” the statement stressed, warning that should the government insist on maintaining the interim Council, “UTAG will have no option other than to advise itself with immediate effect.”

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