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The Governing Council of the University of Education, Winneba have stated that the estimated cost of damage caused the University after the violent protests on Thursday 14th March, 2019 is GH2.5m.

The peaceful demonstration which the students promised to embark on turned violent leading to the destruction of properties belonging to the University of Education, Winneba.

Central Regional Correspondent of Despite Media, Seth Mantey speaking on Okay FM’s 'Ade Akye Abia' programme, said the University council led by Prof. George Darko said the estimated cost is GH2.5m excluding stolen items.

He explained that the assessment was only done on “the facilities that were destroyed, the CCTV cameras, vehicles…”

According to Seth Mantey the assessment of the estimation was only on 3 damaged buses, Phone Boot, ATM, Classroom windows, damage on Catholic Church Windows (all glasses destroyed).

As to who, between the students and the University, will bear the cost of damage, Seth Mantey said the council will be expected to look into all those matters and will called the media on Friday 22nd March, 2019 for briefing.

He also said the students will be duly notified upon the decision of the council on Friday as to when the school will resume.

He, however, noted that there is calm as well as peace being restored in the university campus.

Meanwhile, he said the council has debunked news making rounds in the media that the sacked lecturers have been reinstated to start work in the University.

“The council said they are not reinstating the sacked lecturers back to their various position because the council acted upon their mandate and therefore not the decision of  the Vice-Chancellor Rev. Fr. Professor Anthony Afful-Broni to sack them and that if any of them wish to be reinstated, he should write to the governing council for further investigation.

The University of Education, Winneba is currently shut down following violent protests Thursday.

This follows a standoff between the students and the Vice-Chancellor, Rev. Fr. Professor Anthony Afful-Broni over the dismissal of three lecturers.

The students went on a rampage and smashed windows and glass doors of buildings on the Winneba campus of the university.

On Wednesday evening, they burnt tyres and clashed with the police.

Announcing the decision to close down the school, Central Regional Minister, who is the Chairman of the Regional Security Council (REGSEC) said “every passing day, the level of insecurity [on campus] increases…”

What began as a normal student protest on Tuesday escalated on Wednesday as students on the North campus disrupted classes there and marched to replicate this at the Central campus.

They were stopped from entering the South campus by police reinforcements Wednesday afternoon. But the students retreated only to restart the distrubances Wednesday evening.

“So on the advice of the Regional Security Council, we cannot continue to allow the university to be in session,” Kwamena Duncan said.
Source: Josephine Acheampomaa/Peacefmonline/[email protected]

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