C/R Minister, MP contradict each other over UEW closure


Students of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) are still at sea following the contradictions among government officials over the closure of the university.

After the Central Regional (CR) Minister, Mr Kwamena Duncan on Thursday announced the closure following violent protest by students, Member of Parliament (MP) for Effutu, Alexander Afenyo Markin told them to stay.

Alexander Afenyo Markin, Effutu MP

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In a Facebook post Friday, he claimed the decision reached by the Central Regional Security Council to close down the school had been overturned.

Hon. Markin urged students to stay on campus and attend lectures as the Governing Council of the University had reinstated three lecturers whose sack sparked the protest.

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He explained that the only issue he discussed with the Effutu MP was for the police to allow students from afar to spend the night and vacate their halls Friday morning.

Kwamena Duncan, Central Regional Minister

But in a quick rebuttal, the Central Regional Minister on Adom FM’s morning show, Dwaso Nsem Friday said no such decision had been taken.

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“I’m very surprised at the post by the MP because the university remains closed. The students who are still there must leave today,” he stressed.

Mr Duncan said when all outstanding issues are addressed, only the principals of university can announce that the school has been opened.