Authorities at the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) have described as unfortunate the continuous call by former President of Ghana, Jerry John Rawlings for the reinstatement of some dismissed staff at the university.
The call which was made at the 38th Commemoration of the 31st December Military Uprising held in Winneba, according to the authorities, is unfair and borne out of distorted facts, especially when the dismissed staff were not only dismissed on the basis of the fact-finding report by the University Governing Council but also were afforded all the courtesies that could have lead to the review of their punishments but they failed to take advantage of it.
The authorities indicate that the dismissed staff have also on countless occasions contested the decision by the University Governing Council in court but failed as the court saw nothing wrong with the decision of the University Governing Council.
In a statement signed by the Registrar of the uniiversity, Suvr. Paul Osei-Barima Esq. the authorities indicated that even though the dismissal was not based on any Economic and Organised Crime Office(EOCO) report, the dismissed staff led by the former Vice Chancellor Prof. Mawutor Avoke, relied heavily on it in court only for the same report to be rejected by the Cape Coast High Court on the basis that it could not pass any integrity test, hence, of dubious validity.
The statement explained that due process was followed in every stage of the dismissal process including asking for a month leave from the court to allow the affected to apply for review of the case but they ended up rejecting the offer preferring to file additional suits to challenge their dismissal.
The statement stressed that the dismissed staff eventually lost in all their bids as the High Court observed that the Governing Council had neither done anything wrong or the court had cause to doubt the documents presented by the plaintiffs.
The statement therefore advised former President J.J. Rawlings to abreast himself well with the facts surrounding the issue and not distort facts.