UEW chaos orchestrated by ‘unseen hands’ not students – SRC
The Students’ Representative Council of the University of Education, Winneba has stated that the unfortunate destruction caused to public and private property on Thursday, March 14, 2019, was initiated, sanctioned and sponsored by some “unseen hands”.
According to council, the perpetrators were driven by the selfish, egoistic desires to bring the good name of the University into disrepute at all cost.
At a news conference on the University campus on Thursday, Acting UEW SRC President, Akudugu Issaka, said their conviction for the claim is based on reliable and credible intelligence available to them.
The SRC said after interaction with some of their colleagues and an examination of some video footages taken from the events leaves them with no doubt that the destructions clearly pointed to acts of hooliganism.
The SRC also commended REGSEC for their timely intervention to prevent further escalation and destructions of their campuses.
The SRC condemned the diabolic tactics adopted by the trouble makers.
“The SRC wishes to say that never again should the University witness such a macabre incident in the future. We also wish to commend the Governing Council of the University for the steps taken so far towards reopening the University for academic, security on our Winneba and Ajumako campuses, peace and reconciliation of the University,” the UEW SRC President said.
The SRC also condemned the involvement of some National Officers of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) led by its national president Dr Eric Opoku.
“We find the position of UTAG to be hypocritical since it is at sharp variance with the one, they took during the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) unrest in the recent past,” he said.
“We sense cynicism and the malicious intent to destabilize our university for God knows what purpose,” he added.
In the view of the SRC, UTAG national executives should have engaged all sides in dialogue and negotiations, and not take sides.
“If UTAG knew that the demonstration was the solution to the problem why didn't they embark on it themselves but instead used vulnerable students, the SRC said.
Below are the actions the SRC has taken and how they want the issues to be resolved:
The SRC has taken a number of measures in its bid to help get the situation on our Winneba and Ajumako campuses normalized. These include:
Council met the National Executives of University Students Association of Ghana (USAG) led by the National President, Kingsley Sarpong Akowuah on the 21st March, 2019, at our Winneba campus to discuss the way forward for resuming academic work. We together met with the Management of the University for Fruitful Discussions on the way forward to reopening for the resumption of academic. b. Council has subsequently met with the Regional Minister, Hon. Kwamena Duncan in his capacity as the Chairman of REGSEC to make it a priority for the necessary measures to be put in place for the resumption of academic. We wish to announce that we received very positive and reassuring indications that everything is being done to ensure that the University opens for academic work in the soonest possible time. c. Council has had very fruitful discussions with the Regional Security Coordinator relative to issues on ensuring a peaceful environment for teaching and learning on our Winneba and Ajumako campuses. We can assure our student fraternity and the University community that the necessary measures are being taken to secure everyone. d. Council has initiated moves to meet the Minister of Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh and the Minister of State-in-Charge of Tertiary Education, Prof. Kwesi Yankah to discuss issues relative to happenings in UEW.
2. The SRC appeals to University Management and the REGSEC chaired by the Central Regional Minister, Hon. Kwamena Duncan to as a matter of urgency put in the necessary measures to bring students back for the continuation of academic work as a prolonged stay at home is not in our interest.
3. Council commends the Governing Council of the University for its Altruistic act of heeding to the appeals by well-meaning Ghanaians for peace by creating a window of opportunity for affected staff to petition it and for their cases to be reviewed on a case by case basis. It is our prayer that this initiative will put the matter to rest permanently.
4. Council wishes to state emphatically that the call in the media by various groups for the Vice-Chancellor to resign and for the Governing Council of the University to be dissolved is very unfortunate given their enviable performances in their shot spell in office. We believe the way to go is not to engage in media war to the detriment of the University. We wish to implore all the affected persons who feel that the decisions of the Governing Council have been unfair to them to by all means pursue their cases through the laid down processes at the University and eventually to the courts if no internal resolutions are reached.
5. The Council wishes to serve notice that henceforth all student should channel their grievances and concerns through the communication channels in the University and the processes to be followed in organizing Demonstrations, Rallies and Processions (DRAPs) either on campus or off-campus as enshrined in the Undergraduate Students’ Handbook on Rules and Regulations of the University of Education, Winneba as contained in pages 50-51, and 59-61 respectively as well as the Public Order Act 1994 (Act 491)
6. Finally, we wish all students the best in these hard times and also admonish that they stay calm and out of trouble as the leadership of the Council works tirelessly with Management towards recalling students back to campus in the earliest possible time. Council will duly communicate to students on any further developments. We further state that the doors of the SRC are always open to providing the needed assistance to students and will continue to serve the interests of students at all times.