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The dismissed Vice Chancellor of the University of Education, Winneba, Prof. Mawutor Avoke has finally spoken after long months of silence over the issue. He has called on the government and relevant stakeholders to ensure the reinstatement of all dismissed staff so as to bring peace and unity to the University.
He made this appeal at a press conference organized by a pro-Avoke group to highlight on issues pertaining to his dismissal.
Prof. Avoke wholeheartedly expressed his forgiveness to all parties that contributed in various ways to his dismissal and brought his reputation into disrepute.
He recalled the ordeal and expressed his displeasure at the dismissal despite the impending application before the court, seeking to quash the order from the Governing Council of the University to step aside.
“It is closed to two years since my colleagues and I were asked to step aside to enable an investigation be conducted despite an impending application before the Cape Coast High Court, seeking to quash the order from the Governing Council of the University to step aside,” he disclosed.
He narrated how he managed to restrain and refrain himself from making public comments to that effect in order to allow smooth investigation to be conducted.
“I have this while restrained myself, painfully though, and refrained from making any comments on the matter to media and the public,” he noted.
He said, though the management and council of the University have manipulated the court system to make it impossible for the application to be heard “it is imperative for me to come out and state my case for all to hear.” he added.
He accused Prof. Afful-Broni of undermining and conspiring with colleagues in order to illegally oust him from office to inherit the position.
Prof. Avoke indicated that though the Efutu MP, Afenyo Markin feigned innocence and non-involvement in that saga, the MP went on to intimidate and victimize him through eviction from official bungalow, dismissal, demotion, suspension and non renewal of contracts.
He further accused Prof. Abakah of bridging the status quo of the University in appointing Prof. Afful-Broni as Acting Vice Chancellor after his eviction which is against the provisions of the Act and Statutes of the University.
He therefore appealed to the government and other relevant agencies to make it possible for dismissed colleagues to be reinstated to ensure peace and unity in the University.
Source: Eric Nii Sackey