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March 29, 2018 | Feature Article

The Interdicted Vice-Chancellor (VC) Of The University Of Education, Winneba (UEW), Gradually Abandoning His Yobbish Behaviour.

The Interdicted Vice-Chancellor (VC) Of The University Of Education, Winneba (UEW), Gradually Abandoning His Yobbish  Behaviour.

The interdicted VC of UEW, 'Fool' Professor Mawutor Avoke, appears to be accepting of late that his initial yobbish posture at the start of the unveiling of the rot under his administration at UEW, only served to his detriment.

The interdicted VC proceeded to the Supreme Court to challenge the Winneba High Court decision that had earlier pronounced him guilty of multiple procurement breaches and other offences. The decision of the Supreme Court on 22nd December 2017 however, recognised the Constitutional authority of the Governing Council of UEW, in its interdiction of the beleaguered VC.

Having failed in his bid to claim the office of the VC back at the Supreme Court, which he willingly relinquished as a result of his own greed for quick wealth, and spurred on by his interdicted Finance Officer (FO), Theophilus Ackorlie, the interdicted VC then proceeded to the Cape Coast High Court, to try his luck again.

As I stated in my previous write-ups on this issue, it is not the spewing out of outright falsehoods by the interdicted VC, writing under pseudo names, such as Eric Appiah, Victor K. Owusu, Prof. Kweku Sofoh, etc, that would restore him back to UEW as the VC, but by quoting the relevant laws of Ghana to back his actions and decisions in Court.

The allegation that the interdicted VC derived his mandate from a defunct Governing Council in 2015, must be rebutted to start with. The letter from ex President Mahama, authorising the Governing Council to continue to function without the mandate to take any major decision, is unconstitutional in the eyes of the law. Just as the President has no Constitutional authority to sign a document extending his mandate at the end of his 4 years in office, so too is it unconstitutional for ex President Mahama to have clearly violated the provisions of the University of Education, Winneba Act 2004 (Act 672), where it is provided in plain English that the UEW Governing Council Members (some principal officers exempted) may continue in office for 2 terms (a term of office being stipulated to be 2 years). The Governing Council that ex President Mahama purported to extend its mandate, had outlived its Constitutional mandate, therefore, the law that ex President Mahama derived authority from to extend the Governing Council's mandate, is the key decider of the interdicted VC's future. The interdicted VC should quote the law to justify the legality of his appointment just as he quoted extensively from the UEW Statutes in one of his recent moronic rantings.

Next, is for the interdicted VC to quote the relevant laws of this country that would give legal backing to his blatant violations of the Public Procurement Act 2003 (Act 663) as amended, in the award of various contracts to Proteus Ltd, Sparks (SM) Gh Ltd etc.

'Fool' Professor Mawutor Avoke ought to know that in Ghana, the 1992 Constitution is the Supreme Law of the land. Next in seniority to the 1992 Constitution are Acts of Parliament, for example, the University of Education, Winneba Act 2004 (Act 672).

Section 10 of Act 672 provides that: "Subject to the provisions of this Act, the Council may provide for any act or thing in relation to the University which it considers necessary or expedient in its capacity as governing body of the University".

These specific provision cloths the Governing Council with the power to appoint Rev. Fr. Prof. Aful-Broni as the Ag. VC of UEW.

All UEW Statutes are an off-shoot of Act 672. Under section 23 of Act 672, it is provided that: "The Council may enact statutes for carrying into effect the provisions of the Act, and in particular...."

Therefore, Constitutional provisions override the UEW Statutes. It is therefore pathetic and a disgrace to the academia that 'Fool' Professor Avoke is blindly attempting to rely on a UEW Statute, which provides that: "the most senior Dean shall act until Council is able to make a formal appointment".

The educated illiterate ('Fool' Professor Avoke), should go and get some literacy lessons. Read!!! "....until Council is able to make a formal appointment". Council can make the appointment without waiting for the most senior Dean to act. Whether the most senior Dean acts or not, Council has the power to make the formal appointment. Statute 7 (d) does not stipulate that the most senior Dean's acting role as VC is mandatory before the "formal appointment".

Anyway, it is Act 672 that will separate the truth from the total falsehoods of 'Fool' Professor Avoke.

The argument of 'Fool' Professor Avoke in one of his articles that a Committee should be set up to look into my publications about his unpatriotic activities at UEW during his disastrous tenure as the VC, can only emanate from an educated illiterate. I don't publish under pseudo names because I publish the truth and nothing else! If my publications weren't the truth, 'Fool' Professor Avoke himself would have set up a Committee to look into my publications when he invited me to a meeting in his office on 24th May 2017 at 10am, following the publication of one of my articles, titled: "The Saga of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) Part I".

Interestingly, 'Fool' Professor Avoke argued among several others that if one has a good case, it doesn't matter which Judge hears the case. Am putting it to 'Fool' Professor Avoke that even if he takes his case to anywhere in the world, he would definitely be convicted of having derived his mandate as VC of UEW from a defunct Council, and jailed for blatantly violating Act 663 as amended in the award of multiple contracts to friends and cronies (Sparks and Proteus)!!

I will politely not comment on the issue of 'Fool' Professor Avoke, running from the Winneba High Court to the Cape Coast High Court. So this is someone who claims to have a 'good case' and he is running away from the Winneba High Court, all the way to Cape Coast? What a travesty of justice! Only 'Fool' Professor Mawutor Avoke, will shoot himself in the foot in this manner!! Or it could be that his most senior Dean, is lacing his boots to act as the VC of the University of Cape Coast (UCC), hence the need to be closer to UCC!!

Alhassan Salifu Bawah
(son of an upright peasant farmer)

Alhassan Salifu Bawah
Alhassan Salifu Bawah

The author has authored 75 publications on Modern Ghana.
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