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The University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG), University of Ghana branch, has called on the management and Dean of Students of the University to probe the recent clash between students of the Commonwealth and Mensah Sarbah Halls and ensure those found culpable are punished.
In a statement by the association, the UTAG-UG branch condemned the action by the students.
“We have zero tolerance for all acts of lawlessness and, therefore, condemn in no uncertain terms the needless clash between students of the two halls”, the statement said.
The association noted that: “The learning environment must be one of civility, peace and cordiality.”
It, therefore, urged “all students to resort to laid down rules in addressing all grievances rather than taking the law into their own hands and engaging in acts of lawlessness in settling scores.”
The association further cautioned students to “desist from all acts of lawlessness” and called on the University’s Security Unit as well as all “relevant authorities in charge of student affairs in the University to be proactive in gathering the needed intelligence, to quell such acts of lawlessness before they occur.”
“We call on the Dean of Students and the University Management to probe the clash and take punitive disciplinary action against all ring leaders and those found culpable of such acts of lawlessness,” the statement added.
Students of both halls at the close of polls of the Students Representative Council on Friday, 29 October 2021 clashed over the delay in the declaration of results by the Electoral Commission (EC).
The students, who gathered infront of the University’s SRC office while chanting Jama songs eventually pelted broken bottles and stones at each other.
The Police had to reinforce its presence on the University’s campus to prevent further clashes.
Prince Asumadu and Wisdom Ndukwe garnered 7,647 votes, representing 51.6 percent of total votes cast to become President and Vice-President-elect, while Samuel Amos Ofosu and running mate, Alfred Acquah garnered 7,156 votes representing 48.3 percent.
The 2021 SRC polls had gone into a run-off following the inability of the contending candidates to make the 50 percent plus one vote.