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Ghana: University council dissolved after riots

The governing council of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has been dissolved with immediate effect.

An interim council was sworn-in after the dissolving of the old one with government directing that the school be reopened within 14-days.

The Interim Council, chaired by Nana Effah Apenteng, Paramount Chief of the Bompata Traditional Area, was appointed by the government after dissolving KNUST Governing Council and has been mandated to look into the circumstances leading to the riots.

The trouble started at Knust, which is in Ghana’s second largest city of Kumasi, last Friday night.

Eleven students were arrested by police after taking part in their usual end-of-week party, known as a jamboree, which the university authorities had recently banned.

Monday’s planned peaceful protests turned violent resulting in the indefinite closure of the university on Tuesday.

The interim committee has been given three months to manage Knust’s affairs and return it to normalcy.

There have been calls for the vice-chancellor of the university to be sacked, but authorities say he will remain in office until the interim committee decides otherwise.

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