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General News of Thursday, 5 September 2019

Source: citinewsroom.com

Declaring KNUST campus a security zone won’t affect academic calendar – Management

The management of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, KNUST has indicated that the declaration of the University as a security zone by the Ashanti Regional Security Council, will not affect its academic calendar.

The Ashanti Regional Security Council in a statement released on Tuesday declared KNUST as a security zone as REGSEC said it had gathered intelligence that some alumni were planning to cause disturbances on the university campus.

Speaking to Citi News, the University Relations Officer, Dr. Daniel Norris Bekoe said new students are expected to report to school on Friday, as scheduled.

“The development will not affect academic calendar. We have already communicated with parents and students that the fresh students will start reporting on the 6th of September.

“We are expecting those at Obuasi Campus to start reporting on the 13th of September and then all continuing students will start reporting on the 16th September. We assure all students that adequate preparations have been made to receive all students.”

The Alumni Association of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology had expressed shock at the decision of the Ashanti Regional Security Council to declare the campus a security zone.

The Interim President for the Unity Old Continentals Alumni, Albert Amegavi, in an interview with Citi News said the council is being overly reactive.

Mr. Albert Amegavi was also of the view that the situation on campus does not warrant REGSEC’s declaration of the place as a security zone.

“The Alumi is surprised by the decision of the REGSEC, and as much they are in control of the region, we don’t know what prompted them to release such a statement. They said it is based on intelligence on the ground, but we hope that their intelligence is the right course.”

“We are waiting for the recommendations of the committee, admission is going on and they are admitting ladies into the halls…. As much as they are calling for this security zone thing, we are also shocked and waiting for Otumfuo to declare whatever is in the report and we don’t know where they picked their intelligence from. I don’t think there is any cause for alarm to declare KNUST a security zone.”