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
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
Credit: Graphic Online