Prof. Obiri Danso’s Mother should’ve ABORTED that ‘bastard’ – KNUST Students declare in DEMO

Prof. Obiri Danso

Demonstrating students of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) have said their lives as students would have been better off and peaceful if Professor Obiri-Danso’s mother had aborted him when she got pregnant.

Prof Obiri Danso is Vice Chancellor of the now infamous University. He has gotten the approval of the Education Ministry to convert some single-gender halls of the University into mixed halls. There has been protests and violence since.

Some of the students chanted insults and profanity, attacking the Vice Chancellor’s person in songs they composed as they March.

“His mother would have saved all this stress if she has aborted that ‘bastard’!” one protester chanted with a scarf across his face obviously for fear of vicitimization later.

The student protest over police brutality and bad administration by the VC has since turned violent on the campus of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) as security personnel have been chased away, their duty posts vandalized whilst cars and motors set ablaze.

The protest which started with an initial communique of boycotting lectures on Monday 22nd October 2018 and subsequently walking around campus showing placards and chanting ‘war morale songs’ according to MyNewsGh.com reporters on the ground has led to a heavily armed masked police personnel deployed on the school’s premises.

The protest began peacefully around 8am Monday morning with an assurance from the school’s Student Representative Council (SRC) President, Kelvin Sah that the Student Executive Council will bear responsibility for any outcome as they will ensure peaceful turn out of events.

The student body was met with heavily armed police personnel around the school’s ‘Destiny block’ area of which the students charged in protest against the Police. The Police personnel who for the fear of their lives fired three warning shots which didn’t disperse the students, eventually drove away leaving the crowd more charged.

The now agitated students marched to the University’s main Security post, vandalized the place, stoned buses and private vehicles parked at the premises and set motorbikes ablaze.

Profile of Obiri-Danso

Prof. Obiri Danso

Prof. Kwasi Obiri-Danso assumed office as the twelfth vice-chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in 2016. He took over from Prof. W. O. Ellis.

He is a Professor of Environmental Microbiology/Environmental Health at the Department of Theoretical and Applied Biology, a scholar of international repute. Prior to his appointment as Vice-Chancellor, he was the Provost, College of Science, KNUST. A leading academic with considerable experience in general education, institutional management, university teaching, research management, international relations and outreach service delivery.

Professor Obiri-Danso also has boardroom experience, collaborative research experience, and experience from headship/membership of high profile Boards, Committees and Teams- but all the above, the Students of KNUST have said has not translated into good leadership when he became VC.

At the time of his appointment to the eminent seat of Vice-Chancellor, he was Chairman, Kumasi Polytechnic Council; Chairman, National Nuclear Research Institute; Member, Ghana Atomic Energy Commission and Member, Implementation Committee for University of Environment and Sustainable Development.

At KNUST, he has been a long standing member of the Academic Board and Member of the Executive Committee and of the Central Disciplinary Committee. He has also been Chairman, Committee of Hall Administrators and Hall Master of Independence Hall. In addition to these, the Professor has chaired or been a member of the Research and Conferences, Planning and Resources, Scholarships, Books and Publications, Residence, Security Management and many other local committees. He has also served on many non-statutory/ad-hoc committees on issues pertaining to discipline, affiliations, the establishment of new programmes, accreditation, fee fixing, and many others.

Professor Kwasi Obiri-Danso started his education at St. Anthony Preparatory School in Accra. He spent a year at the Salem School in Aburi before proceeding to the Swedru Secondary School for his Ordinary and Advanced Level Certificates. At KNUST, he obtained a BSc. in Biological Sciences and an M.Phil. in Food Microbiology and proceeded to Lancaster University in the UK where he obtained a Certificate in Modeling Duration Data and a PhD. in Environmental Microbiology.

In his career in academia that began in 1987, Kwasi Obiri-Danso has risen through the hierarchy from the lowest position of Teaching Assistant (1987-1989), through the positions of Lecturer (1990-2000), Research Assistant at the Institute of Environmental Sciences, Lancaster University (1996-1999), Senior Lecturer (2000-2007), and Associate Professor (2007-2014), to the revered vertex rank of Professor in 2014. Traversing this career path, Professor Obiri-Danso has been Head of Department, Dean of Faculty, Dean at the International Programmes Office and Provost. His scholarship has not been manifest only within but also outside the confines of KNUST.

He has served a number of local and foreign universities and professional bodies as external examiner and external assessor. He has also been Editor-in-Chief, Journal of the University of Science and Technology (JUST) and Associate Editor, Journal of the Ghana Science Association.

Professor Kwasi Obiri-Danso has to his credit a century of publications and conference papers. His most recent studies have focused on mitochondrial DNA stability and maintenance in Caenorhabditis elegans through the study of the various genes involved, especially of the candidate genes for mitochondrial diseases. He has also conducted extensive studies on Antibiotic Drug Use, Monitoring and Evaluation of Resistance in humans, food animals, water and vegetables, particularly with the microorganisms Campylobacter, Salmonella, Escherichia coli and Enterococci. Related to this is his expansive study on the microbiological quality of bathing waters.

Source: MyNewsGh.com/ Stephen Zoure/ 2018

Written by Eugene Nyavor

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