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Alumni of Unity and University halls of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has  petitioned President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo over the conversion of the halls into mix sex.

The Alumni is seeking to persuade the President to intervene in the decision to convert the all-male halls into mixed halls.

The petition among other things appeals to the  President to instruct the Ministers of Education and the Interior to put measures in place to ensure that students can pursue their  academic goals without any fear of intimidation, harassment and physical abuse from University authorities.

A delegation led by the President of the Kantanga Alumni Association, Charles Dontoh, appealed to President Akufo-Addo to reverse the decision taking by the University.

The authorities at the KNUST early this year announced the conversion of the University Hall (Katanga) and Unity Hall (CONTI) into mix sex halls as part of efforts to promote inclusion at the schools and increase the number of female enrollment.

This decision seems to have not gone done well with the affected students leading to series of protests and  demonstrations.

The students and Alumni have also resorted to legal battle  Which is still pending.

The Chancellor of the University, Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu has also been petitioned to step into the impasse.

The decision by the Alumni of both halls to petition President Akufo-Addo is seen as last gap measure to halt the conversion.

The petition among others draws up a comprehensive proposal addressing the acute residential and academic facilities shortage on campus.

It also appeals to the President reverse of the recent actions by the University to convert University Hall, Unity Hall and Africa Hall to mixed-gender halls in preference for a more meaningful and sustainable solution of safe and secured residential accommodation for all students on campus.

President Akufo-Addo told the petitioners he will consult the University’s Council to find an amicable solution to recent events affecting the two halls.

The other members of the delegation are, Stephen Asante Bekoe, legal adviser and Counsel for the Katanga Alumni; Osei Agyemang-Badu, a Katanga Alumni; Patrick Baah Dadzie, Secretary of the Alumni Association; Anthony Avege, Organizing Secretary for the Katanga Alumni; Daniel Adjokatcher, Protocol Officer of the Unity Hall Alumni and Stallone Nyarko, Public Relations Officer of the Unity Hall Alumni.

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