The Minority Leader in Parliament, Mr Haruna Iddrisu has condemned government’s decision to dissolve the governing council of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and called on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to rescind the decision with immediate effect.
According to Mr Iddrisu the move is a threat to academic freedom in the country and also undermines the respect of the management of the institution.
Making reference to the 1992 constitution which he argued guaranteed the freedom of all public universities in terms of policy decisions, he said failure on the part of the President to reconstitute the Council would amount to a constitutional breach.
“There are better ways to manage the situation than what the President did. I request him to desist from extending his hands to undermine the academic freedom of our public universities.”
“The same thing was done at the University of Education, Winneba. The over politicization of our academic institutions will not help the development of our country. We, therefore, solidarise with the workers of the university that council be properly created in accordance with law,“ he stated.
Mr Iddrisu was addressing delegates at the NDC’s National Women and Youth Conference at Gomoa, Fetteh in the Central Region on Saturday.