UEW Saga: Reinstate me; Afful-Broni victimised me – Avoke

The former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW), Professor Mawutor Avoke, has accused his successor, Rev. Father Professor Anthony Afful-Broni of deliberately scheming to get him out of office so he could replace him...


The former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW), Professor Mawutor Avoke, has accused his successor, Rev. Father Professor Anthony Afful-Broni of deliberately scheming to get him out of office so he could replace him.

According to Prof Avoke, Prof Afful-Broni and the University Council Chair, Professor Nicholas Abaka, manipulated a court case involving him by instructing the school’s lawyers to discontinue that particular case at the High Court which would have resolved the leadership imbroglio that culminated in the recent chaos that led to the one-month shutdown of the university.

Speaking to Class91.3FM’s Jerry Akornor after addressing the media in Accra, Prof Avoke said he has been victimised and should be reinstated.

“I need to go back and complete my term, statutorily, because I was legally elected [but] current processes have put in place somebody who was not elected based on the statutes and nowhere would you see something like that except the University of Education, Winneba,” he lamented.

He continued: “It is a classic case of victimisation, the inordinate ambition of some people to become Vice-Chancellor in spite of the odds. There is a Vice-Chancellor in the university now who, if you watch the process of his appointment, violates every laid-down procedure, the Acts and Statutes of the university”.

In Prof Avoke’s view, the recent leadership tussle has brewed “tension in the university because there are some individuals who believe the proper thing has to be done”.

In his opinion, the current Vice-Chancellor and some other individuals manipulated the court system against him “by not going to court, by giving excuses, the least opportunity not responding to the suits that we have filed, these are all classical manipulations”.

He said Prof Abaka purposefully “wrote a letter to the University Council demanding that he stop the appeal process from the Winneba High Court which found us guilty. This appeal process would have overturned the decision of the Winneba High Court, so, why would you stop an appeal process when the university is in court?” he questioned.

At least 30 staff of the university, including 23 lecturers lost their jobs within the past year.

In the view of Prof Avoke, all the lecturers, who were also dismissed by the current Vice-Chancellor, must be reinstated to bring sanity on campus.

“Naturally, because many of them were dismissed unjustly”.

The dismissals caused an uproar on campus and the student body and the alumni embarked on a series of protests, one of which turned violent and led to the temporary closure of the school.

Source: Ghana/ClassFMonline.com/91.3FM



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