It is exactly a year today that the Ashanti Regional Security Council (REGSEC) declared the campus of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) a security zone, and subsequently closed down the University after students went on a rampage, destroying public and private property in a violent protest.
The students were protesting against alleged brutalities meted out to their colleagues who were arrested at the University Hall on Friday, October 19, 2018, and later granted bail.
Armed military and police personnel took over the KNUST campus after the protest led to the destruction of private and public properties estimated at GHC1.7million.
A 12-hour curfew was later imposed on the campus from 6:00pm to 6:00am on Monday, September 22, 2018.
Commenting on the development a year on, Professor Charles Marfo, a lecturer at the KNUST told Kwame Adinkra on @pure957fm’s ‘Pure Morning Drive’ that the demonstration needs not to be celebrated a year on as it is dastardly which deserves to be condemned outright.
“Kwame, this needs not to be remembered. Their action was reckless and needless. If you are not the one talking about it, I have not even thought about it. If anything, the students hurt has brought about a transformation in attitude of some of the teachers. They need to ask God for forgiveness for this.
If a student you are lecturing is able to set your car ablaze, the student has the capability of killing you and so next time, if I come to lecture such a student, I don’t have to smile.”
Prof. Marfo further revealed that, the implications of the students ‘needless’ protest has resulted in some lecturers fearing for their lives and employing various mechanism to ensure their safety.
“Do you know that after that, there are lecturers who come to office with their weapons in their cars. I’m telling you today. Yes if I have registered my gun then if I’m coming to class, I have to bring it along because the child I thought was a kid says he isn’t, he can set my car ablaze. Kwame, are you saying we need to celebrate this?
I can tell you confidently, I am one of them. I feel like every student involve must apologize. I know a lecturer who still fears for his life. What kind of life is this? Are you saying this is what we need to celebrate.” He questioned.
Listen to the audio below.
Social media especially Twitter users have been trending and recounting the incident that happened a year ago with the hashtag #KNUSTDemoAt1. It is trending as number one on the online platform.
Source: Mypurefmonline.com/ 957fm/ Evans Osei-Bonsu/ October 22, 2019.