Prof. Avoke’s dismissal followed due process; no reinstatement – UEW

The University of Education Winneba (UEW) has dismissed reports suggesting that Wednesday’s ruling by the Supreme Court demands the reinstatement of former Vice Chancellor Prof. Mawutor Avoke.

The Supreme Court in a unanimous decision quashed a High Court’s judgement leading to the removal of Professor Avoke in August 2018.

Some have interpreted that the ruling means Prof. Rev. Fr. Prof. Anthony Afful-Broni who was inducted into office following Avoke’s removal would have to step aside.

But the University’s Registrar Paul Osei-Barima said the suggestion is just a figment of interpreters’ imagination.

“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 has therefore warned the public against “overly relying on half-truths and concocted statements”.

Below is the full statement

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.

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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.

SURV. PAUL OSEI-BARIMA, ESQ

REGISTRAR

Source: 3news.com | Ghana