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Sunyani Poly students riot over alleged misappropriation of SRC funds

Students of the Sunyani Polytechnic in the Brong Ahafo Region have

accused the President of Students’ Representative Council (SRC), Mr

Gordon Appiah, of embezzling funds.

As a result about 1,000 students on Monday rioted on campus shouting

and calling for the school authorities to release the SRC president to

them.

Some of them werereported to have pelted stones at the president and

the security men until the SRC president was rushed to one of the

offices to prevent the irate students from lynching him.

The students besieged the SRC hostels demanding to lynch the rest of

the SRC executives who had already taken shelter there.

Traffic on the main road dividing the polytechnic and their SRC

hostels came to a standstill as the students occupied it.

Some of them called for the resignation of the SRC president.

Misappropriation of SRC funds

Some students who spoke to Graphic Online said the SRC president had

used part of the SRC’s funds to buy a Pontiac Vibe vehicleand had

invested part of the money in banks.

They alleged that Mr Appiah had squandered the SRC’s hotels fees which

had led to power cut to the SRC’s hostels.

They said the Volta River Authority (VRA) on Monday cut power supply

to their hostels due to their indebtedness of GH¢9,000.

According to them, they had all paid their hotel fees andtherefore do

not see the reason why their power supply should be cut.

The students alleged that Mr Appiah claimed he had settled a debt of

GH¢200,000 left by his predecessor but the past SRC president had

denied having left any debt before leaving office.

When contacted, the Public Affairs Officer of the Polytechnic, Mr

Kwamena Amponsah said it was a matter between the students and the SRC

leadership and that it had not cometo the school’s authority

officially.

Credit: Graphic Online

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Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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