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General News of Thursday, 22 August 2019

Source: mynewsgh.com

Napo meets Prof Avoke, 5 others to resolve UEW impasse

Education Minister, Dr Mathew Opoku Prempeh

The Minister of Education, Dr Mathew Opoku Prempeh on Thursday morning met with the Former Vice Chancellor of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) Professor Mawutor Avoke and five other senior who were dismissed by the defunct governing council.

MyNewGh.com sources gathered that this move is a major step towards reconciliation and bringing lasting peace to the university which has been characterized by lawsuits among others controversies.

Officials of the ministry who spoke to MyNewGh.com on condition of strict anonymity after the meeting said the move by the minister is very commendable. Others present at the meeting were Dr Senyo Arkolie, Mary dzimey, Ing Tetteh and Dr Bekoe

Our source further revealed that government was so uncomfortable over the impasse particularly the conduct of the current Vice Chancellor Reverend Father Professor Anthony Afful-Broni which is further polarizing the school and the daily escalation of an already bad situation

Background

It would be recalled that MyNewsGh.com reported how the Former Vice Chancellor of the University of Education, Winneba Professor Mawutor Avoke and four others were recently dismissed based on recommendations by the governing council of the university but the accused persons maintain their sack was politically motivated and lacked basis.

Professor Mawutor Avoke, the Finance Officer, Dr. Theophilus Senyo Ackorlie, Daniel Tetteh, Mary Dzimey and Frank Owusu Boateng denied any wrongdoing and that they have not been found guilty by any court of competent jurisdiction over claims of procurement breaches and abuse of office.

“As individuals, we have not been taken to any court and no charges have been brought against us. We have also not appeared before any court or been heard by any court on any charges. It is not true that the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mawutor Avoke and the Finance Officer, Dr. Theophilus Senyo Ackorlie were found guilty of procurement or financial malfeasance by any court”, the disclosed in a statement.

Reverend Father Professor A. Afful-Broni, PhD was subsequently appointed in an acting capacity and confirmed by the same council and sworn into office as the substantive Vice-Chancellor of UEW but currently in a turf war with both lecturers and students.