The Ashanti Monarch and Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, yesterday stormed the beleaguered university in an attempt to resolve the impasse that has led to a shutdown of the school.
His visit comes after government mandated him to reconstitute the governing council of the university after lecturers rejected a rushed one put together by the government after a violent student protest.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu II was out of the country when all the incidents occurred.
In the company of the Asantehene on the tour were Council members including Vice Chancellor, Professor Kwasi Obiri Danso.
The University was closed down indefinitely while government, which has since made a U-turn and deferred to the Asantehene, dissolved the Governing Council.
Meanwhile, destroyed items have been estimated at between GH¢1.6 million and GH¢1.7 million.
The University is expected to bounce back to life by Thursday, November 8, 2018 while the Governing Council is expected to be reconstituted by the Chancellor by Friday, November 2, 2018
The University Relations Officer, Kwame Yeboah Jnr., yesterday revealed that the cost assessed so far did not include stolen items.
“The damage cost has been assessed and it is in the region of GH¢1.6m, GH¢1.7 million. So, if we use the old currency it is about ¢16 to ¢17 billion… these exclude items that were stolen from our offices; both private and public property.”
He explained that the assessment was only on, “the facilities that were destroyed, the CCTV cameras, vehicles…”
He, however, noted that even though the issues in the university were being investigated, some work has begun in cleaning up the vandalized offices and fixing same.
He stated, “we cannot wait for the committee to finish its work”, referring to the Council which is expected to be constituted by the Chancellor, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, latest by Friday, November 2, 2018. As to who, between the students and the University, will bear the cost of damage, Mr Yeboah said the Council would be expected to look into all those matters and advise.
According to him, the school will resume as soon as possible and that the students will be duly notified if the council is inaugurated.
Story: James APPIAKORANG JNR., KUMASI, ASHANTI REGION