Encroachers issue death threats to school head

BY: Samuel K. Obour

The Assin Foso Divisional Police Command has started investigations into a complaint made by the principal of the Fosu College of Education in which he claims that encroachers on the land of the college have issued threats on his life.

According to the Principal, Dr Nana Kwaku Asiedu, the death threats were sent to him in the form of text messages.

The police are, however, yet to make any arrests.

Dr Asiedu, who made these known when addressing the fifth annual congregation of the college, explained that the threats started when a sign post erected to ward off potential encroachers was removed by a resident of the town and placed at a point of his choice because the person claimed that portion of the college land belonged to him.

He said the Interim Governing Council of the college had taken the matter to the Attorney-General’s Office in Cape Coast which had responded positively to the case.

He said he had also been insulted and attacked because he prevented sheep, goats and other stray animals  from roaming on the campus.

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Dr Asiedu said when a ban was placed on all sorts of activities on the college’s sports field by outsiders, theft cases on the campus had reduced drastically.

He appealed on behalf of the existing 38 public colleges of education for infrastructure and better conditions of service in order to retain their staff.

He said as of now, staff of the colleges continued to receive salaries as pertained in the Ghana Education Service (GES) conditions of service, although most of them had second and third degrees and could no longer depend on the GES for promotion to other ranks.

He described last year’s demonstration embarked on by second year students for non-payment of their feeding allowances as useless because whilst some colleges with similar problems advised their students to go home for fees, their case was different because they did not send the students home for their fees.

According to Dr Asiedu, although the college kept the students on campus for academic work to go on for the whole year, the students had the audacity to embark on the demonstration.

The principal said until that unfortunate incident, discipline on the campus had been very good.

He appealed to the government to provide more infrastructure for the school to enhance academic work.

The Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University of Education, Winneba, Professor E. N. Abakah, stressed on the need to develop a common language for the development of the country.

Story: Joe Okyere, Assin Foso.