Authorities at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) have temporary banned Hall week celebrations and singing of morale “Jamma’ songs on campus, Mr. Vincent Lomotey, the University Public Relations Officer (URO) has said.
The embargo comes on the heel of the clash between the University Hall (Katanga) and Unity Hall (Conti). According to him, the KNUST authorities are determined to institute lasting measures to prevent the long lasting rivalry between the two halls, which re-ignited two days ago, resulting in the stabbing of two students.
Two stabbed as Katanga, Unity halls clash at KNUST
Speaking to The Chronicle via phone yesterday, Mr. Lomotey, however, said the ban is on all hall week celebrations on campus and that, it is not limited to Katanga and Unity Halls. “If any hall wants to celebrate their week, they have to write the Dean of Students, Mr. Kofi Owusu Darko for approval before they can go ahead with their Hall week celebration,” he indicated, adding a code of conduct would be made known to the Halls before they can go ahead with their hall week celebration.
He said the embargo on hall week celebration and singing of “Jama” songs is an initial step to control Students, adding that it may not be indefinite. Mr. Lomotey said one of the students who got injured during the Tuesday clash had recovered and had gone home with the father.
On the sanctions for students who perpetrated these attacks, the KNUST PRO indicated that, the authorities wanted the students who were attacked to recover first, before taking any action. He noted that, the office of the Dean of Students and security agencies have taken the issue up and are digging for facts to bring the perpetrators who were behind these attacks to book.
From Richard Owusu Akyaw, Kumasi – Ghanaian Chronicle