- The suspended Rector is accusing the Minister of Education of hiding behind the school's internal struggles
- Prof. Emmanuel Marfo-Owusu is calling on President Akufo-Addo to call the Educational Minister to order
The suspended Rector of the Wa Polytechnic, Professor Emmanuel Marfo-Owusu has disclosed that the Educational Minister, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh is creating some problems for the NPP-led Akufo-Addo administration.
According to the embattled Rector, Dr Opoku Prempeh is abusing his powers by taking arbitrary decisions without considering laid-down procedures of the institution.
Speaking on Accra FM on Tuesday, Prof. Marfo stated that though President Akufo-Addo is up to the task and he is implementing very good educational policies, the conduct of some of his appointees are pulling him back.
To him, the conduct and excessive abuse of power by government appointees, including the educational minister, is hurting the New Patriotic Party.
Prof. Marfo is therefore, urging the minister, Dr Opoku Prempeh to reconsider his ways of taking decisions as far as polytechnic education is concerned.
“Dr Opoku Prempeh is one of the reasons this is happening, he takes arbitrary decisions and insists that people should comply. He cannot take such decisions and instruct people like me to comply, I am older than him and he is not above me in terms of our academic qualifications. I respect the office of the Minister but the Minister must also respect us,” Classfmonline.com reported.
Watch Prof. Marfo-Owusu being chased in his Mercedes Benz by the aggrieved lecturers:
He also added that, “As we speak, he has dismissed the rector of Cape Coast Polytechnic without recourse to laid-down procedure. His conduct is hurting the NPP although the president has implemented the free SHS, they will need to be careful with the attitude of the minister.”
The embattled Rector’s comments come on the back of a recent scuffle where he was chased out by some aggrieved lecturers of the institution on Monday.
The lecturer who chased out of the Wa Poly campus have accused him of using the school’s funds to procure a brand new Mercedes Benz for himself at the cost of GHC 500,000.
The aggrieved members of the institution have petitioned the school’s Governing Council to investigate the matter and remove the Rector from office with immediate effect.
However, Prof. Marfo has secured court injection to block the school’s Governing Council from conducting further investigations into the matter.
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