Accusations of misuse of power and disregard for laid down procedure against the University Council Vice-Chancellor of the University of Education Winneba are spreading.
In the past, Winneba was part of the news several times for various reasons. To begin with a court action with the result of the suspension of some principal officers, Vice Chancellor and Director of Finance. Soon became ineffective through their re–instatements after a counter court decision.
But what is happening now needs to be focused on with special attention and take into serious consideration. A Minority Press statement by Hon. Peter Nortsu – Kotoe (Ranking Member on Education) was released with the aim to reach out to the Ministry of Education.
The Acting Vice Chancellor Anthony Afful – Broni and the University Council accroached extreme power to themselves, followed by the abuse of the power. They are involved in the dismissal of faculty members while impeach them supporting the interdicted staff.
Moreover, they moved over 200 staff members to different stations in Kumasi, Winneba, and Mampong, regardless of the employee´s condition. When some nursing mothers, complained they have been threaten with dismissal. In total, they paid an amount of 400.000 GH₵ as transfer grant.
Zero tolerance for abuse of power
The most embarrassing act of the VC is following. After realizing, that the ejection of Dr. Bokoe won´t be easy to proceed, some shameful things happened. Afful – Broni ordered to cut off the utility as well removing all doors and windows in Dr. Bokoe´s residence. This doesn´t fit into an academic environment at all!
When you think this can´t get worse, let´s have a look at how disregardful they handle laws. The Ghanaian labour laws allow investigated or suspended employees to procure a percentage of the salaries to cater for their families. Nevertheless, the VC and University Council commanded the salaries of the mentioned principal officers to be cancelled.
Through these acts, the image of the University slowly changes for the worst, which could result in fewer students willing to pay. Hopefully, the Ministry of Education notes the importance and apprehend some means to improve the situation. Abuse of power can´t be tolerated.
Story by: Elisabeth Fitzke/Pinkfmonlinegh.com