The Chairman of the newly constituted Governing Council of the University of Education, Winneba, Associate Prof. Emmanuel Nicholas Abakah, has vowed that the Council will do everything in its power to protect the assets and funds of the University.
He has indicated that regaining the university’s sound footing is a core goal of the council, and that the university’s vision “to train competent professional teachers for all levels of education to contribute to educational policy and national development remains solid”.
Prof. Abakah said this in a speech he delivered on Wednesday on the first day of the 1st Session of the 22nd Congregation of the university at Winneba.
The University of Education, Winneba, has been in a legal tussle in a case with one Supi Kwayera of Winneba, while a new Governing Council of the institution was reconstituted by government in July this year.
Also in late October this year, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof Mawutor Avokeh, and five other top officials were asked to step aside as investigations into allegations of malfeasance continue.
In his speech, the Chairman of the Council also reiterated an earlier explanation of the interdiction, indicating it was “purely in respect of the on-going investigation by EOCO, BNI and the Governing Council’s Fact-Finding Committee”.
He has therefore urged all stakeholders to exercise maximum restraint and circumspection in talking about the matter, assuring that no witch-hunting is intended.
Meanwhile, the acting Vice Chancellor of the University, Rev. Prof. A. Afful-Broni, has revealed that government has given the University the financial clearance to engage 121 staff by the close of the year.
Prof. Afful-Broni, has however appealed for more staff to be added, saying “Considering the high student intake, more teaching and non-teaching staff are required to enable us to effectively and efficiently deliver”, asking government and other stakeholders to further assist in that regard.
The university is graduating 8,194 graduands in post-graduate, bachelor’s degrees, diploma and certificate categories in the 1st Session of the 22nd Congregation.
Out of the number, 4,882 are from the Winneba and Ajumako Campuses of the University, while the Mampong Ashanti and Kumasi Campuses are graduating 580 and 2,732 graduands respectively.
By: Joseph Ackon Mensah/citifmonline.com/Ghana