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Court to UEW: Reinstate Professor Avoke as vice-chancellor

In 2017 the Winneba high court ordered Professor Avoke to step aside until a case brought against him is determined

The Winneba high court has ordered the reinstatement of Professor Mawutor Avoke as the vice-chancellor of the University of Education, Winneba.

The court, presided over by His Lordship Aboagye Tandoh, further ruled in favour of reinstating all those affected by the long legal tussle connected with the dispute about Professor Avoke’s position.

It has also asked the university to pay the salaries of all affected individuals with retrospective effect from the day they were unlawfully sacked.

Background

A Winneba high court in 2017 ordered Professor Mawutor Avoke to step aside until a case brought against him and the university’s governing council is determined.

The order was made in a case brought before the court by one Supi Kofi Kwayera, who insisted that the then vice-chancellor and the finance officer, were operating under the institution’s defunct governing council.

The plaintiff adduced that the university governing council’s mandate had expired in November 2013 but the Ministry of Education failed to constitute a new governing council for the university. Instead, it allowed the defunct governing council, which had no mandate whatsoever to continue exercising the functions of a properly constituted governing council, as if it had been properly constituted.

This, Kwayera insisted, was unlawful, hence his legal action against UEW.

However, before the substantive claims were looked into, the university, acting through its lawyers, applied to the court to dismiss the suit on the three counts. The application was dismissed.

The high court subsequently found Professor Avoke and the school’s finance officer, Dr Theophilus Senyo Ackorlie, guilty of procurement and other financial irregularities.

The court subsequently ordered the retrieval of all monies paid to contractors for UEW’s North Campus roads and a forensic audit of the project.

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