KNUST-UTAG to call off strike – Gov’t

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By Lorlornyofm October 29, 2018 20:49

KNUST-UTAG to call off strike – Gov’t

The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) branch of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG), has resolved to call off its indefinite strike following efforts by the government to reconstitute the dissolved Governing Council of the school after students rioted and destroyed over 40 cars and 10 motorbikes as well as other public and private property a week ago.

Following the dissolution of the council, a seven-member Interim Council was put in place to look into the recent disturbances.

The Interim Council, chaired by Nana Effah Apenteng, Paramount Chief of the Bompata Traditional Area, has a three-month tenure.

The KNUST branch of UTAG argued that the university is autonomous and, therefore, should not be subjected to political interference by the government.

The lecturers want the old council restored.

They said they will not return to the lecture halls until this is done.

The lecturers arrived at this decision after a meeting on Friday, 26 October 2018 and their strike was communicated by Professor Eric K. Fokuo, President of UTAG-KNUST.

But a statement issued by Information Minister-designate, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, on Monday, 29 October, said: “The government has subsequently engaged with UTAG and updated the association. Accordingly, UTAG has undertaken to restore services cooperate in resolution efforts and encourage other stakeholders to join resolution efforts.

“In accordance with the directive of the President of the Republic the university is expected to be reopened by November 8 2019 for normal academic work to resume.”

Source: Ghana/ClassFMonline.com/91.3FM

Lorlornyofm
By Lorlornyofm October 29, 2018 20:49
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