Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Defense and Interior, Kennedy Agyapong has blamed the Urban Roads department for the recent clash between the Police and Islamic Senior High School.
According to the Assin Central lawmaker, the clash could have been avoided if the urban roads had paid heed to the demands of the school authorities to install speed ramps on their roads.
He said, letters written by the school authorities to the Urban Roads Department dated as far back as January 25, 2012 yielded no positive response.
Mr Agyapong noted that the agitated students and staff could not bear the number of lives lost owing to the unavailability of speed ramps on their roads, therefore decided to demonstrate to have their plea heard.
“You see, that’s why the students were irritated although they took the law into their own hands. But I think the Chief Executives that have been appointed should do the right thing. It is unacceptable,” he said.
The Assin Central MP called on the Roads and Highway Minister to sack the Urban Roads Chief Executive.
“Honourable Amoako Atta, if you are watching, you should immediately fire the Urban Roads Chief Executive who was there in 2021, because the letter was written in August, in September and still nothing has been done. And it goes all the way to January 25th, 2012”.
He also admonished the students to refrain from embarking on a demonstration but rather seek redress through appropriate steps.
“We are not encouraging them (students) to take the law into their own hands; that’s why we are advising them.”
Kennedy Agyapong together with a delegation of some other MPs visited the school to ascertain the information which led to the clash.
This was after the Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin tasked the Select Committee on Defence and Interior to investigate the incident after police fired tear gas, leading to the collapse and injury of not less than 25 students.
Source: The Independent Ghana