Yesterday, it was reported that the Vice Chancellor of the University of Education, Winneba and five other officers of the university had been detained by the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO).
Today, the University Teachers Association of Ghana has refuted those reports, saying that “Prof. Mawutor Avoke was not formally written to, to appear before EOCO and therefore has not been arrested or detained as speculated in the media.”
At the time that the memorandum of understanding (MOU) of the North campus road (the case under contention for the alleged breach of the procurement) was being contracted, Prof. Avoke was a Dean and as such was not a party,” the UTAG statement signed by Dr Eric Opoku Mensah, the UTAG National President said.
According to UTAG, the current acting Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Afful-Broni, was the substantive Pro-Vice-Chancellor who signed most of the payment vouchers (PVs) with the former Vice-Chancellor, Prof Asabere-Ameyaw and that if for anything, the Prof Afful-Broni should be the person answering EOCO’s questions.
“Although Prof. Avoke has not been found guilty by any court of competent jurisdiction, attempts have been made to withdraw all benefits and perquisites due him as the Vice Chancellor of the University,” UTAG said.
The association said it will not hesitate to fully employ all the strategies available to it in order to redeem and protect the interest and image of members of the Association and particularly, the autonomy of public universities.
UTAG wants all major stakeholders such as Vice-Chancellors’ Ghana, the Governing Council of UEW, the Ministry of Education, National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE) and the Office of the President of the Republic of Ghana, to show commitment to resolving the issues as they seek diligently to find an amicable solution to the crises which have the potential of not only destroying the hard-won reputation of certain individuals, but also derailing the entire progress that the University of Education, Winneba, has made so far.