The governing council of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) has thrown its support behind the beleaguered Vice Chancellor of the school, Reverend Father Professor Afful-Broni.
Less than a year after his induction, Afful-Broni has been accused of victimization, injustice and other actions that are said to have brought the image of the university into disrepute.
Several people and groups including the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) have called for the immediate resignation of Professor Afful Broni following the dismissal of some lecturers that led to protests and the eventual closure of the university.
But speaking to the media after a crunch meeting on Monday, a member of the UEW governing council, John Darko indicated that, management cannot allow the head of the Vice Chancellor to roll because of his achievements so far.
“We will fully support him to carry out his mandate until the end of his tenure in 2021. We are fully in support of his administration, we are proud of his success.”
Council prepared to address concerns
The Council also expressed readiness to receive any petition from affected staff who was dismissed recently.
According to John Darko, the Council will not relent on its efforts on addressing the concerns of all who are troubled by the chaos in a bid to end the current stalemate.
“Based on the appeals we have received from well-meaning Ghanaians and other personalities, the Governing Council wants to state that, for the affected staff, those who wish to petition this council regarding either, their dismissal, termination or demotion, will be received. We will submit it to the appropriate boards and sub-committee for consideration. And for such cases, we will only take it on case by case basis,” he added.
You’ve failed, resign if you’ve a conscience – Afenyo Markin to UEW VC
New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament for the Effutu Constituency, Alexander Afenyo-Markin, earlier demanded the resignation of the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Education, Reverend Father Professor A. Afful-Broni because of what he said was the Vice Chancellor’s inability to properly manage the institution.
Afenyo Markin, who was at the fore for the removal of the former VC Prof. Mawutor Avoke urged the current VC to be mindful of events that led to the exit of the former Vice-Chancellor and be guided accordingly.
“Afful-Broni was supposed to do [more], but he has failed. I am sure that in the next few days, if he has conscience, he will resign and leave the university because he has failed the University. Afful-Broni has failed the University; he has misled all of us – that is a matter of fact. Mistakes of the past shouldn’t be repeated.”
There has been ensuing chaos at the UEW campus owing to what has been described as a leadership crisis with calls for the resignation of the Vice Chancellor of the school.
The demand was also accompanied by calls for lecturers and other staff who have been sacked to be immediately reinstated.
The situation led to series of protests by students, including a violent one last Thursday that resulted in the destruction of several school properties, forcing the police to fire tear gas to disperse the angry student protesters who were at the time pelting stones at the security officers.
By: Zoe Abu-Baidoo | citinewsroom.com |Ghana