An Alumnus of the University of Education, Winneba, James Kofi Annan says the Member of Parliament for Effutu, Alexander Afenyo-Markin cannot absolve himself of the blame in the University’s protracted problems.
The public spat on campus has drawn in the Member of Parliament for Efutu Alexander Afenyo-Markin who has accused the Vice chancellor of arbitrariness and recklessness in expenditure.
Students of the school embarked on a demonstration on campus Tuesday to press home their displeasure at happenings at the university.
But, according to James Kofi Annan , Mr Afenyo Markin is behind the scenes fighting fiercely to win back control of the University, as he’s almost been relegated to the background in the new administration,which explains for the reason why he’s fanning the impasse in the University.
He accused Afenyo-Markin of causing the mass transfers in the past and hijacking the governance of the University adding the MP once told him that he’s the Co-Vice chancellor; determining promotions and general administration of the University.
But noted: “I want to advise those affected in the current issues to use the internal mechanisms to address their problems and not allow themselves to be used by Afenyo-Markin who has a parochial interest in these matters. How he managed to conspire to remove Avoke and others, when they resisted him, that is the same way he’s going with the current VC. The two sides, Prof. Avoke and his followers as well as Prof. Afful-Broni and his people should ignore the common problem, which is Afenyo-Markin and use the laid down mechanisms to resolve their differences. We must place a premium on the University’s interest; For Afenyo-Markin, all what he seeks to do is just to take control over the University.” Kofi Annan told host Kwaku Owusu Adjei on Anopa Kasapa on Kasapa 102.5 FM Wednesday.
Both the University Teachers Association of Ghana(UTAG) and Afenyo-Markin have a common position calling for the head of the VC,Prof. Afful-Broni over the disturbances seen in the University for the past days.
This comes on the back of the dismissal of some senior staff of the school.
Dr. Sarpong’s sacking
According to the Disciplinary Board findings in the letter terminating his appointment, Dr. Sarpong admitted walking out of a meeting with the chairman of the UEW governing council which “the Board considered as insubordination and thus misconduct.”
He is also said to have “cunningly orchestrated the posting of” letters inviting him “to appear before the Disciplinary Board to be circulated on social media, particularly on UEW Alumni WhatsApp page just to cause disaffection for the UEW Management.”
The disciplinary board said these actions, among others “amounted to grave misconduct.”
Dr Duku claims innocence
Dr. Frimpong Kakyire Duku, the President of the UEW branch of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) who was also dismissed maintained that he did no wrong to warrant his dismissal from the university.
Dr. Duku was dismissed by the university together with Professor Ephraim Avea Nsoh, the Principal of the College of Languages Education.