Assin Central Member of Parliament (MP), Ken Agyapong, has asked the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II who’s the Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) to stop pampering and shielding the embattled Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Obiri Danso.
He strongly criticised what he described as Otumfuo’s pampering of the Vice Chancellor; a situation he said will make the impasse at the University difficult to be solved.
He also urged President Akufo-Addo to dismiss Prof. Obiri Danso because he was working in the opposition National Democratic Congress’ ’ interest, adding that the VC’s decision to convert Unity and Katanga Halls was intended to cause disaffection for the Akufo-Addo government.
According to him, Prof. Obiri Danso must be booted out of office because he was a die in the wool member of the opposition NDC party and an appointee of former President, John Dramani Mahama, adding that he [VC] was hostile towards the now governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) when it was in opposition.
“If I had the power I would have sacked him long ago, he’s a thick NDC member, I can give you his history. If the NDC wants us to do politics with the KNUST issue I’m ready for that, the Vice Chancellor is late P.V Obeng’s boy, I don’t know if the NPP doesn’t have this information. “When we were going to KNUST, the VC refused to allow Akufo-Addo to enter the place because he was appointed by ex-President Mahama, but Katanga boys who were not happy with the Vice Chancellor’s decision stormed out and led Akufo-Addo’s entourage inside. The NPP must wake up, an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. The VC never thought there will ever be a day where there’ll be a change of government. Otumfuo, please stop pampering the VC otherwise we can’t solve the problem. The guy has to go,” Ken Agyapong said on Ekosii sen show.
The government on Monday, October 29, 2018, asked Prof Obiri Danso to step aside following violent protest by students of the university which resulted in the damage to property worth GHC1.7 million a fortnight ago.
The National Council for Tertiary Education asked the Vice-Chancellor to vacate his position and allow for interim governing council to take over the administration of the university.