The Private Universities’ Students Association of Ghana (PUSAG), has condemned the massacre of 147 people at the Garissa University College in Kenya by Al-Shabab, describing it as “grisly” and “dastardly” act.
A statement signed by Mr Richard Odame, International Relations Director of PUSAG and copied to Ghana News Agency on Tuesday said: “We feel very incomplete for losing a significant number of transformational students who would join the ship for Africa’s success and development few years to come.”
Al-Shabab, the Somali armed group attacked the Kenyan University last week killing the students and injuring others.
The statement said the four al-Shabab fighters stormed the Garissa University College campus in what appeared to be an extensively planned out attack, which the group said was to avenge Kenya’s involvement in Somalia.
It said the students advocate group expressed its deepest condolences to all the victims and sympathy to the bereaved families as well as the injured.
“PUSAG offers it deepest condolences to all the students, staff, faculty, the government, all the families and communities affected by the act and called for greater efforts to protect all students throughout Kenya.”
The statement called on all global and African leaders to come together and to strengthen security to avoid such menace from reoccurring.
It said all school authorities should put in place stringent measures to tackle security on their campuses to protect the lives of students.
It noted that “when a school is attack and students become targets, not only their lives are shattered; the future of the nation is also stolen.
The National Executive Council of PUSAG pledged its support in resolving some of the issues resulting from the incident.
The PUSAG is the mother body of all accredited Private Universities and Institutions in Ghana at the student leadership level and aims to protect and safeguard the rights and interest of students and to instil in them, a high sense of discipline.
Established nine years ago, the association is currently commanding more than 50,000 student population. GNA