The acts of victimisation and misapplication of funds by the new Vice Chancellor of the University of Education Winneba (UEW) Rev. Prof. Afful-Broni has led to a violent protest of students characterised by destruction of school properties, warning shots by the Police and consequent indefinite closure of the school.
The agitations of the students on Thursday morning is reminiscent of a similar violent students demonstration at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) late last year is due to the sacking of several senior staff of the school whom the controversial VC is reportedly aggrieved with.
Whatsup News gathered that the students are protesting the draconian position taken by the new VC who was recently accused of blowing a whopping GHC 5.7 million on transportation and honorarium in six weeks.
The situation came to a head when the Vice Chancellor controversially dismissed some senior staff of the university who had dragged the school to court over some grievances. The dismissed staff include one Professor Ephraim Avea Nsoh, Principal of the College of Languages Education at Ajumako and Dr. Frimpong Kakyire Duku who is the local President of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG).
Excerpts of the dismissal letters cited the decision of these two to go to court without the permission of the school management; initiated a legal action “without any cause”.
However, angry students and workers at the university are convinced that the sacking is a systematic culling of individuals believed to be opposed to the legitimacy of the VC and his management style.
Late last year, the UEW Governing Council in an investiture ceremony chaired by President Akufo-Addo, installed Professor Afful-Broni as the new VC despite a pending legal tussle over the sacking of the then substantive VC, Prof. Mawutor Avoke.
However, the Supreme Court recently quashed by certiorari, the Judgment of the WINNEBA High Court, presided by Justice George Atto Mills-Graves that gave legal backing to the removal of the former Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Avoke.
The dismissed staff are reportedly sympathetic to Prof. Avoke.
On March 11, 2019, a group of the school’s alumni wrote to the Auditor-General to investigate the financial misconduct of Prof. Avoke and the institution’s Finance Director.
The wanted a “serious investigation into a whopping sum of Ghc 5,769,395.08 both are on record to have authorized as spending’s within six weeks as honorarium and others.”
Source: Whatsupnews Ghana