The Registrar General of the University of Education, Winneba Paul Osei Barimah has described news making rounds suggesting that dismissed Vice-Chancellor of the university has been reinstated following a Supreme Court order as merely of a ‘pure figment of imagaination’ and nothing close to the facts on the ground.
This comes on the back of a Supreme Court unanimous decision to overturn the High Court’s initial ruling that led to the removal of Professor Mawutor Avoke as Vice Chancellor of the University of Education, Winneba.
The Supreme Court said the High Court in Winneba breached the rule of natural justice by failing to give the defendants a hearing in a case in which Professor Mawutor Avoke as Vice Chancellor of the University of Education, Winneba was involved.
It, therefore, overturned the decision by the High Court on grounds that there was the need to afford both parties [Defendants and Plaintiffs] an opportunity to present their case indicating that the earlier decision by the court amounted to an error of law patent on the record.
But According to Registrar of the University, such claims in the media landscape are ”attempt to stampede the smooth administration of the University and above all, intended to bring the name of the Supreme Court into disrepute.”
The statement further noted that the former Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Avoke was dismissed by the Governing Council after due process had been followed adding that ‘‘matters leading to his dismissal were not a subject matter of the supreme court ruling.
Read The Full Statement Below:
UNIVERSITY OF EDUCATION, WINNEBA
PURPORTED REINSTATEMENT OF FORMER VICE-CHANCELLOR OF UEW PROF. MAWUTOR AVOKE BY THE SUPREME COURT
The attention of the Management of UEW has been drawn to a news story being circulated widely on media to the effect that the former Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mawutor Avoke, has been reinstated by the Supreme Court effective Wednesday 31st October, 2018 and that the subsequent appointment of Rev. Fr. Prof. Anthony Afful-Broni has been rendered null and void.
We wish to emphatically state that the story is just a figment of the imagination of its author(s) and an attempt to stampede the smooth administration of the University and above all, intended to bring the name of the Supreme Court into disrepute.
The former Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Avoke was dismissed by the Governing Council after due process had been followed. The matters leading to his dismissal were not the subject matter of the ruling.
Prof. Avoke filed a process at the High Court, Labour Division, Accra on the matter, and on 20th September, 2018, same was dismissed. It must also be put on record that an earlier application by Prof. Avoke and five others, challenging their interdiction by the Governing Council’s investigation into their conduct in the management of the affairs of the University as well as the appointment of the Ag. Vice-Chancellor, at the Cape Coast High Court, is currently a subject matter of an application for referral to the Supreme Court.
This is not the first time mischief of such nature has been tagged against UEW and will not be the last. But the truth will stand. We, however, wish to assure the University community and our stakeholders that we are working earnestly and progressively to make sure the University’s interests will always triumph.
For the avoidance of doubt, we entreat the general public and admonish anyone interested in the exact ruling of the Supreme Court to obtain a certified copy of the judgement without overly relying on half-truths and concocted statements.