The Governing Council of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) has agreed to fully comply with a high court ruling which said Prof Mawutor Avoke must be reinstated as the Vice-Chancellor.
This was agreed upon at the council’s emergency meeting on Thursday, 3 February 2022.
The Chairman for the UEW Governing Council, Nana Ofori Ansah, told the media: “We are complying with the orders of the court. The court says they should be reinstated and that is that”.
The Winneba high court presided over by Justice Aboagye Tandoh on 2 February 2022, ordered the reinstatement of Professor Mawutor Avoke as substantive Vice-Chancellor of the UEW.
The court also ordered that Prof Avoke and some officers of the university be paid all their salary arrears from the date they were unlawfully removed from their respective offices.
Prof Avoke and the five principal officers were dismissed per a high court judgment in 2017, 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 university, through its lawyers, even before the substantive claims were looked into, applied to the court to dismiss the suit on the three counts.
The court, however, dismissed their application.
The high court, subsequently, found Professor Avoke and the school’s Finance Officer, Dr Theophilus Senyo Ackorlie, guilty of procurement and other financial irregularities.
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.
The Governing Council of the University appointed Rev. Fr. Professor Anthony Afful-Broni as the substantive Vice-Chancellor for a limited period of three years.