The Governing Council of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW), says it’s getting frustrated how some of its principal officers are determined to appeal the judgment of a high court that reinstated some principal officers of the university.

In a statement, the chairman of the Governing Council of the University, Nana Ofori Ansah, stated that despite the effort to build bridges and put the university on the path of progress, there are saboteurs that are working against the efforts of the governing council and management.

A High Court in Winneba ordered the reinstatement of the dismissed Vice-Chancellor (V-C) of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW), Professor Mawutor Avoke.

The court, presided over by Justice Aboagye Tandoh, on February 20, 2022, also ordered the UEW to reinstate five principal officers of the university who were dismissed together with Prof Avoke in August 2018.

The five officers are Dr Theophilus Senyo Ackorlie, Finance Officer; Frank Owusu Boateng, Deputy Finance Officer; Sena Dake, Internal Auditor; Mary Dzimey, acting Head of Procurement; and Daniel Tetteh, acting Deputy Director of Works and Physical Development.

But speaking at the university’s graduation ceremony, the Chairman of the Council, Nana Ofori Ansah, stated that certain elements, including principal officers at the university, are working as saboteurs to derail the efforts of the university to have peace.

'Why are you bent on appealing High Court ruling that reinstated VC, principal officers?' - UEW Governing Chair

He stated that, “In spite of the effort by the government and the governing council to ensure lasting peace at UEW, some agents of the old acrimonious, chaotic era are still bent on maintaining that status quo by trying to frustrate the peace process and the road map.” Unfortunately, some of these saboteurs are suspected to be principal officers of the university who have vowed not to accept the ruling and the orders of the high court in Winneba. They have decided not to cooperate with our reinstated colleagues.”

According to him, it is strongly believed that some of the saboteurs are using surrogates to fight the orders of the high court at the Supreme Court. “It’s very unfortunate,” he said.

He maintains that as part of the road map for peace and reconciliation, a five-member peace and reconciliation committee has been put in place by the governing council and the recommendations from the committee, as the governing council chair explains, are expected to be used to heal the university.

In his first speech to a graduation class since he returned, the reinstated Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Mawutor Avoke, indicated he was committed to continuing the work of his predecessors, but first all those who were wrongly transferred have been asked to come back.

'Why are you bent on appealing High Court ruling that reinstated VC, principal officers?' - UEW Governing Chair

The Vice-Chancellor stated how the university assisted some of its students that were involved in an accident on March 13, 2022.

The accident claimed six lives and injured several other students at the university. Prof. Avoke indicated that all the survivors have received treatment and returned to campus, with many of them receiving individual and group counselling as well as various forms of support to help them cope with the trauma.

The university, he indicated, has taken full responsibility for the medical bills of the affected students