UEW governing council removes 5 key officers from office

UEW governing council removes 5 key officers from office

- The Vice Chancellor of the University of Education, Winneba, Professor Mawutor Avoke, has been dismissed

- Four other principal officers of the university have also been sacked

The governing council of the University of Education, Winneba, has dismissed five principal officers of the university.

Information available shows that the five are the Vice Chancellor, Professor Mawutor Avoke, who was serving a suspension, Finance Officer, Dr. Theophilus Senyo Ackorlie, Daniel Tetteh, Mary Dzimey and Frank Owusu Boateng.

The decision to relieve them of their duties was reached after an emergency meeting on Monday, August 13, 2018.

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Professor Mawutor Avoke Source: Supplied

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They were interdicted in July 2017 by the UEW governing council to allow for investigations after it emerged that some vital documents at some offices at the centre of an ongoing investigation had gone missing.

Subsequently, in January 2018, lawyers of the five wrote to the University Council, demanding their immediate reinstatement.

In the year 2017, a Winneba High Court ordered Professor Mawutor Avoke, to step aside until a case brought against him and the University’s Governing Council is determined.

The order was made in a case brought before the court by one Supi Kofi Kwayera, who insisted that the Vice Chancellor and the Finance Officer, were operating under the institution’s defunct governing council.

The plaintiff argued that the University’s Council’s mandate had expired in November 2013, but the Education Ministry failed to constitute a new Governing Council for the university.

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It rather allowed and permitted the defunct Governing Council which had no mandate to continue the functions of a properly constituted Governing Council as if same had been properly constituted.

This, the plaintiff insisted was unlawful, and hence his legal action against the University of Education, Winneba.

However, before the substantive claims were looked into, the University, through its lawyers, applied to the court to dismiss the suit on the three counts, but the application was dismissed.

The High Court subsequently found Professor Avoke, and the school’s Finance Officer, Dr. Theopholus Senyo Ackorlie, guilty of procurement and other financial irregularities.

The court subsequently ordered the retrieval of all monies paid to the contractors of the North Campus Roads and a forensic audit of the project.

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