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General News of Friday, 15 December 2017


Court orders UEW VC to be removed from office

The Vice-Chancellor of UEW is to be removed from office. This follows a High Court's guilty verdict against him over allegations of financial malfeasance.

A High Court at Winneba has ordered the the Vice Chancellor (VC) of the University of Education Winneba (UEW), Professor Mawutor Avoke to be relieved of his position.

The University's Finance Officer, Dr. Theophilus Senyo Ackorlie, who was also included in the suit is to suffer the same fate. A cost of Ghc8, 000 has also been awarded against the university.

All payments made to Paa Nii Lamptey of Paa Badu Construction Ltd. by the accused persons must be refunded to the university and a forensic audit conducted on all aspects of the North Campus Road since according to the court, was a create, loot and share affair, disguised as a contract.

The suit was brought by a private citizen, Kofi Kwayera, who sued the University of Education Winneba (UEW), and the Education Ministry over what he believed was the unlawful extension of the school’s Governing Council’s tenure.

He also accused the Council of misappropriating the funds of the University after the expiration of their tenure in 2013.

The court had earlier granted the plaintiff's wish for the council to step aside for a new one chaired by Professor Nicholas Ababa to be sworn in.

The new board also discovered some acts of malfeasance being perpetuated by the same accused persons and also urged them to step aside.

Later, some vital documents were found missing at the offices of the accused and the council ordered EOCO to investigate them including the corruption charges.

Per Thursday’s ruling further criminal action can be taken against the accused persons and also they cannot return to their post in their previous capacities.