The Education Minister has expressed shock that the Police have not arrested persons whom he says are trespassing at the University of Education, Winneba (UEW).
Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, Wednesday told journalists at the Meet-The-Press series that whoever is claiming to be the rightful heir to the Vice-Chancellor’s seat, must be sworn-in by the mandated authority.
“You cannot willy nilly run to a school, go and sit in a school and say you are the Vice-Chancellor...it does not work like that. There is a process that you have to go through,” he said.
On Tuesday afternoon, a former Vice-Chancellor of UEW, Professor Mawutor Avoke, stormed the university reinstating himself as Vice-Chancellor.
He was accompanied by some staff who had also been dismissed by the university.
Professor Mawutor Avoke
According to Prof Avoke, his decision followed clearance by the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) after he was indicted for abusing his office.
“EOCO after a thorough probe concluded in black and white that we did not abuse our office or were involved in any procurement breaches. We are back to take over our respective offices and right place in the school,” he said.
Prof. Avoke and the five dismissed staff held a press conference in the Council Chamber of the university to make their point clear.
This comes just hours after the Chairman of the Senior Staff Association of the university filed an application at the high court demanding Prov. Avoke’s reinstatement as Vice-Chancellor.
Kingsley Amoakwah wants an order restraining Prof. Afful-Broni from holding himself as the Vice-Chancellor or performing any such functions in that capacity at the UEW.
He also wants an order preventing Prof. Afful-Broni from “continuously interfering in the administration of Prof. Mawutor Avoke,” whom he claims is the legitimate Vice-Chancellor of the University.
Reverend Father Prof. Anthony Afful-Broni
But the Education Minister disagrees with such conduct.
“You can go to court and challenge the process, even if you win, it has to be executed all through a legal means because we are not in a lawless state,” Dr Opoku Prempeh said.
He stated emphatically that “If this country wants to go in a lawless way, somebody can run from somewhere and sit at the Flagstaff House and say ‘I am the president’...there is only one legitimate Vice-Chancellor, he is Rev. Afful Broni.”
“Anybody who doesn’t understand that must go through the legal process...We are not going to accept such things...” he stressed.