The Alumni of the University Hall- Katanga in a communique issued on 13th February indicated their appreciation to the Chancellor of KNUST, His Majesty Asantehene Otumfuo Osei TUTU II for taking a step forward to investigating the matters of the unfortunate incidence that occurred on the 22nd of October 2018. They as well, used the same terrain to admonish the school’s administration to acknowledge the independence of the three member committee set by the Chancellor to probe the October brouhaha.

In the communique, they stated “It will be recalled that when the executives of the Alumni paid a courtesy call on His Majesty in November 2018, Otumfuo assured of the setting up of such an independent committee to impartially investigate the issues that led to the riots and recommend satisfactory and long lasting solutions.”

The Alumni expressed their gratitude and assured their full support to the committee when needed.

They again stated, “We are hopeful that this committee of accomplished professionals will prescribe effective recommendations to forestall future instances related to the issues that contributed to the unfortunate incidents of October 2018, which includes the non-consultative approach to problem solving, the dictatorial conversion of single-gender halls to mixed ones and the unbridled and unprovoked physical assault of students.”

They expressed their hopes to see the reversion of the current status of the converted halls and to involve stakeholders to find sustainable means of increasing female enrollment in STEM programmes.

Finally, they admonished KNUST administration to acknowledge the independence of the Three member committee set by the Chancellor to probe circumstances that led to the riots of October 22 without any interference of any form. They pointed out their displeasure to the attempt of the administration to influence the committee through official intimidation of students evidenced in recent summons issued to students in an attempt to build their case.

Source | Josiah Akwei Appiah

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