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Former KNUST Interim SRC President Rubbishes Claims of Misconduct By Ethics and Privileges Committee

Former KNUST Interim SRC President Rubbishes Claims of Misconduct By Ethics and Privileges Committee

Following a report that the former KNUST ISRC President is on the verge of being suspended, he has been asked to render an unqualified apology on Monday, March 28, 2021.

Mr. Abu Ether responded to claims leveled against him by the Oyet Victory-led Ethics and Privileges Committee in an 8-page letter.

The Ethics and Privileges committee was tasked with investigating and reporting on cases of gross misconduct and disrespect toward the Speaker and members of the SRC Parliament. The committee recommended that Hon. Abu Ether be suspended until he issued an unequivocal apology to the Speaker and members of the SRC Parliament.

However, in a response to the speaker, the former Interim SRC Chair dismissed allegations leveled against him in an eight-page letter.

In his statement, Mr. Abu Ether refutes claims that the composition of the Ethics and Privileges Committee raised red flags. Citing the Emile Short Commission on the Ayawaso Case, Mr. Abu Ether argues that the committee was not properly composed to handle the matter.

As a result, a committee with a minority composition could not reach any conclusions that would bind the committee’s majority members.

It therefore came to me as a surprise when I received the report of the committee purporting that it has conducted its findings and for which reason it made the said recommendations to your outfit. I wish to state in no uncertain terms that no proceeding whatsoever was ever held on the evening of 25th March 2021, and therefore, no findings could therefore have been made, the statement said.

He also cited the conduct of the chairperson and other members of the panel, describing their posture as prejudicial to the entire process. He reckons that the Chairperson lacked goodwill to sit on the matter.

This was evidenced by the way she conducted herself, the angry and hostile tone with which she spoke and the kind of statements which she uttered (For instance, she started that: “You Ether, it is your temper that brought you here”). These statements in my opinion were prejudicial and thus evidence of bias. It is a well-founded principle of law that a person conducting an enquiry or deciding on the rights of others should not conduct himself in a manner or utter statements which are prejudicial in nature, suggesting that the said person has already determined the matter before it even arose. This is the position of the law as was seen in the case of REPUBLIC V. HIGH COURT EXPARTE DENU [2003-2004] 2 SCGLR 719. See also Republic v. High Court, Accra Exparte Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, the statement said.

The committee, led by Miss Victory Oyet, stated that Mr. Abu Ether expresses an unequivocal apology to the Speaker and members of Parliament.

However, the former ISRC chairman claimed that the recommendation constituted patent infringement and that it was null and void because no proceedings were held. He also believes that he was denied the right to be heard and that his claim was undermined by the committee’s inaction and failure to exercise due diligence.

In response to the Speaker’s referral of his conduct to the Ethics and Privileges committee under Standing Order 12(5), he stated that the interpretation of such provision could only be tied to proceedings on the floor of parliament. As a result, the said distasteful statements hurled at the speaker and its leadership were not made in a place where parliament conducts official business, and as such, any statements made on social media could not have been referred to the parliamentary committee on privileges.

The statement went on to say that the committee’s report should not be considered and should not be presented to parliament for approval.

He concluded that the Speaker of the SRC Parliament views his letter with the utmost integrity and impartiality, free of any personal biases.

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Source: www.KNUSTconnect.Com

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Management Of KNUST Runs From The Cut-Throat Hostels Fee

Management Of KNUST Runs From The Cut-Throat Hostels Fee

Management Of KNUST Runs From The Cut-Throat Hostels Fee

The Management of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has caved into pressure and protests from students from the authorities to drastically reduce the cut-throat hostel rentals in the country’s biggest technology university.

Angry students of the school had today mounted a protest on the campus over what they described as extreme hikes in private hostel fees.

Rents for hostels range between GHC 2,000 and GHS5,000 for one academic year.

This prompted protests earlier on Friday, July 16, 2021, from students, who threatened to resist any further exploitation of students by private hostels.

Some of them took to social media to complain over the issue using the hashtag, #FixKnustHostelPrices.

Consequently, the school’s management was forced to agree with the students. In a frantic statement issued shortly after the student demonstration, the school issued a statement agreeing with the students that the recent hikes in hostel fees were excessive.

“Our investigation shows that indeed some private hostels, off-campus, have increased their rentals between 20% and 94%,” said KNUST Management.

“…the Dean of Students has identified those specific hostels and have started engaging them on the possible reduction of same,” the statement read.

According to the management of KNUST, hostels under the Private Hostels Association (PHA) “have increased their rentals not exceeding 12% as agreed with the University,” adding that the hostels the students are protesting are not under the PHA and thus not recognized by the school.

The management claims to curb hostel profiteering by private sharks, KNUST is discussing with three private investors for the construction of hostels beginning next academic year.

“Management wishes to assure the general student body and the public that every effort is being made to provide decent and secure accommodation for students on campus.”

Source: www.KNUSTconnect.Com

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KNUST Students Stage A Massive Demo Over Gh¢10,000 Hostel Fees For Students

KNUST Students Stage A Massive Demo Over Gh¢10,000 Hostel Fees For Students

KNUST Students Stage A Massive Demo Over Gh¢10,000 Hostel Fees For Students

Hundreds of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) students gather to protest against an increase in their hostel fees and other charges on campus.

The majority of the students who gathered to march the massive demonstration are with the fear that they might be forced to quit their university education as a result of the increasing hotel fees on the campus.

Currently, students pay approximately ¢2,000 to ¢5,000 as hostel fees per semester. If owners of these private hostels go ahead with another increase that figure could go up to ¢10,000.

Fredmak Hostel - KNUST

Fredmak Hostel – KNUST

KNUSTconnect further investigations brought to book that students might even pay more in the subsequent semesters.

Hundreds of KNUST students protesting against an increase in their hostel fees are begging the school authorities to do something about this menace.

“I can’t afford to pay more as my hostel and mess charges. If the order is not rolled back, the only option before me is to quit studies,” – one of the students told GhanaCNN.com

Friday protest

On Friday, as hundreds of KNUST students were preparing to march to the Rent Control Department at Amakom in Kumasi, they were initially stopped by armed police officers. Others vented their anger on social media platforms with a campaign dubbed; #FixHostelFeesNow.

The placard-wielding protesters who have formed the Concerned Students of KNUST, later marched to the office of the Dean of Students to present a petition to management.

Source: www.KNUSTconnect.Com

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SAD As KNUST Students Injured In Violent Clash Between Conti And Katanga

KNUST: Students Injured In Violent Clash Between Conti And Katanga

KNUST: Students Injured In Violent Clash Between Conti And Katanga

Scores of students of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), are injured after a misunderstanding allegedly broke out between some members of the University Hall [Katanga] and the Unity Hall, [Conti] in the early hours of Sunday.

Four KNUST Students Rushed To The Hospital Over ‘Conti Indece’ Clash

Four KNUST Students Rushed To The Hospital Over ‘Conti Indece’ Clash

The incident happened during an ongoing vetting process for the Students Representative Council, SRC elections held at the Great Hall of the University.

According to eyewitnesses, the students also vandalized some school property such as chairs and glasses.

The Public Relations Officer of the Students Representative Council at KNUST, Caleb Asamoah Temeng, who was at the Great Hall, narrated to Citi News how the incident happened.

KNUST: Students Injured In Violent Clash Between Conti And Katanga

KNUST: Students Injured In Violent Clash Between Conti And Katanga

“It all started with the usual processions by the two halls in support of their various candidates from the halls to the Great Hall before the vetting starts. When the Katangees arrived, there was some sort of confusion between them and the Continentals. One gentleman believed to be part of the management team of an aspirant from Conti was preventing the Katangees from entering the Hall. This caused the first chaos between the two sides. ”

The Katangees suspected the said gentleman was from Conti and allegedly beat him up for preventing them from entering into the Great Hall with their procession, according to information available to Citi News.

KNUST: Students Injured In Violent Clash Between Conti And Katanga

KNUST: Students Injured In Violent Clash Between Conti And Katanga

It also alleged that the yet-to-be-identified management team member of the aspirant had a bottle in his possession that broke and cut his fingers and some other parts of his body – injuring him during the altercation.

Source: www.KNUSTconnect.com

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