The University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW), has called on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to change the chairman of the University Council Professor Emmanuel Nicholas Abakah.

This follows Mr Akufo-Addo’s call on the school to use it’s internal structures to address their differences.

Lecturers of UEW withdrew all services indefinitely after a Winneba High Court ordered the Vice Chancellor, Professor Mawutor Avoke and the Chief Finance Officer to hand over to the Pro-Vice Chancellor because they were appointed by a governing council whose mandate had expired.

The lecturers argued that 95 of their members were appointed under the governing council which is being challenged in court and their promotions would be affected by the court’s ruling and also put their employment and livelihood in jeopardy.

A new governing council has been constituted but the lecturers are unhappy with the council chair and accused him of bad faith with regards to issues pending before the Winneba High Court.

UTAG President at UEW Dr Samuel Ofori Bekoe said “the council chairman for us has not acted in good faith so far as resolving this issue is concerned. The chairman is acting in a way to even stop the appeal process altogether.”

Mr Bekoe said the university’s lawyer was filing an appeal for stay of execution but stopped because of the instruction given to him by the council chair. “We find that very worrying”, he stated, adding that “to be frank, if the president really wants this issue to be resolved; my appeal to him is to get the council chair changed and bring in another person. This council chair is rather going to worsen things. Things are going to escalate and it is not going to be UEW but all universities in Ghana will join the fray.”


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