“Reinstate KNUST old Governing Council” – Alumni

The Global Alumni Association of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) is calling for the immediate dissolution of the school’s interim council formed by the government.

The group wants a restoration of the university’s governing council which was dissolved by the government.

The alumni association in a statement copied to Today said the government through the education ministry erred in arbitrarily dissolving the former council and constituting a new one to oversee the day-to-day activities of the school.

It would be recalled that the government on Thursday, 25, October, 2018 appointed a 7-member interim governing council to restore calm to the school following the students’ violent protest on Monday.

The government said the interim council will be chaired by the Paramount Chief of Bompata Traditional Area, Nana Effa Apenteng for the 3-month period.

But according to the alumni, the government had no basis to constitute the interim council.

The president of the Global KNUST Alumni Association, Eunice Ofusua Amoako in an interview on Accra based Citi Fm said; “I think that we are in a country with rule of law and we are all enjoying this democratic dispensation. We must allow systems to work. All that we are calling for is that, restore this council. Give them opportunity. Give them free hands to work.” she said.

She argued that the University’s internal conflict resolution mechanisms should have been fully exhausted before the government takes any action

The association has also backed the decision of the school’s lecturers to embark on an indefinite strike over matter effective Friday.

“Perhaps if the council would have been allowed, all these stakeholders interests would be represented. All of them (lecturers) have been set aside, meanwhile they are people who directly suffered so they are indeed traumatized” she added.

The lecturers contend that the government could not on its own accord dissolve the board and put in place a new one and worsening the situation by excluding the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Obiri Danso from the new interim council.

Meanwhile, the Association of University Administrators at the KNUST has also declared a strike over the matter.

Story: News Desk

 

 

 

 

 

AMA, partners move to reduce pedestrian fatalities on N1

Mayor of Accra, Mohammed Adjei Sowah , has expressed the city’s appreciation to  Bloomberg Philanthropies for their support to implement interventions  to reduce road traffic fatalities in Accra under the Initiative for Global Road Safety.

According to him the ongoing road safety enhancement works at the Lapaz intersection would go a long way to help reduce growing rates of traffic-related deaths and injuries in Accra.

The Mayor said this when he addressed some 120 participants at the ongoing partner meeting of the Blommberg Philanthropies in New York in the United States of America.

He said Accra with support from the Bloomberg Philanthropies launched its first-ever road safety report in July highlighting that 90% of deaths are among vulnerable road users – pedestrians, motorcyclists, and bicyclists and a major Pedestrian Action Plan which has resulted in the construction of more than 400 meters of pedestrian walkways, as well as the recovery of 20 miles of pedestrian sidewalks (from vehicles and food vendors).

“We have also established the first ever joint police and Metropolitan guard’s taskforce on enforcement

,” he added.

He said data from the Ghana Police Service shows that from 2011 to 2015, 15% of all road fatalities in the Accra Metropolitan Area happened on the N1 corridor stressing that the interventions would go a long way to reduce this high rate of fatalities and serious injuries.

He said the safety interventions to enhance pedestrian safety in the area are increasing the pedestrian signal timing (crossing times) from 18s to 41s to enable more people crossing the entire lanes without waiting in the middle, lowering the kerbs where pedestrians cross the roads to ensure unimpeded and safe pedestrian flow and that of the physically disabled.

Other interventions he said are remarkable were the crossings and other pavement markings including  pedestrian crossing, strips, centre line markings etc. to ensure general safety at the intersection, while enabling pedestrians to cross at designated crossing locations, progressively narrowing of lane widths to ensure reduction of speed as Motorists approach the intersection as well as reduce the pedestrian crossing distance.

The Mayor also touched on increasing the median refuge to allow for more pedestrian volumes, better protection and visibility for pedestrians while waiting in the middle of the road for a chance to cross as well as replacing destroyed signals and crash barriers to enhance communication with motorists and reduce the risk of crashes respectively.

 

He assured that the AMA would continue to work with the National Road Safety Commission, Bloomberg Philanthropies and all partners under this initiative as well the road agencies to deploy proven solutions to save lives and improve environments where people live, work and play.

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