The Minority in Parliament has accused the Acting Vice Chancellor of the University of Education (UEW) of abuse of power and disrespect for laid down procedures at the University.
According to the Ranking Member on Education, Peter Nortsu – Kotoe, recent developments at the University needs some special attention citing the court action which resulted in the suspension from office of some principal officers including the Vice Chancellor and the Director of Finance and the counter court decision which called for their re-instatement.
Also, the suspension of works on some development projects which otherwise could have brought relief to both staff and students, therefore, believes in the need to raise these issues so that the Ministry of Education can take necessary steps to address them.
This was contained in press statement issued by the Minority in Parliament signed by its ranking member on education, Mr. Peter Nortsu-Kotoe.
Explaining their accusations further, the Minority in Parliament revealed that, the Vice Chancellor and his culprits have arrogated extreme powers to themselves that, they are engaged in the dismissal of faculty members and other staff members on the perception that they support the interdicted staff.
The Council and Acting Vice Chancellor they accused have also transferred over two hundred (200) staff from their various post in Kumasi, Winneba and as well as Mampong campuses on flimsy excuses of regular transfers and paying them whooping sum of Four Hundred Thousand Ghana Cedis (Gh₵400,000.00) to them as transfer grants.
“What is even disturbing is that some of them are nursing mothers and whose complains is threatened with dismissal” Mr. Nortsu-Kotoe lamented.
Meanwhile, the Acting Vice Chancellor who was appointed by the so called “illegal” Interim Council and should have left office with the interdicted principal officers had exhausted his term as a Pro – Vice Chancellor and no longer qualified to act as a Vice Chancellor.
Secondly, the dismissal of Dr Bekoe of the Winneba Campus and his forceful ejection from his residence on the orders of the Acting Vice Chancellor he stated is not only in a bad taste but an act not expected in an academic environment.
Indicating that, “It is on record that the Acting Vice Chancellor ordered that utility supplies to the residence of Dr. Bekoe be cut off opining that, what is even disgraceful is his order for the removal of doors and windows to the apartment when the estate staff realized that Dr. Bekoe could not be ejected easily.
Interestngly, under the labour laws of this country, anyone on interdiction or suspension from office and under investigation receives a percentage of his or her gross salary to sustain his or her family but ironically, salaries of these affected principal officers have been stopped since January 2018 under the instructions of the University Council and the Acting Vice Chancellor.
It is in this direction that the Minority in Parliament sees the conduct of the Council and the Acting Vice chancellor as abuse of power and disregard for laid down procedures which is giving a very bad image to the University.
However, the Minority through its press statement is calling on the Minister of Education to take the necessary steps to address the issues and restore sanity into the administration of the University so that faculty members and staff do not live in perpetual fear of intimidation in the discharge of their duties.
Source: Ishmael Barfi/wisetvonline.com