Embattled VC Cries & Accuses Him Of Demanding GHc10 From Each Student But Was Refused…..
The woes of the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Afutu Constituency, Alexander Kwamena Afenyo-Markin, continue to deepen, as far as the impasse at the University of Education Winneba (UEW) is concerned, the management of the school is accusing him of bussing hoodlums to the school to oust the Vice-Chancellor, Rev. Father Prof. Afful-Broni.
The school’s management, further accuse the lawyer and politician, of interfering in the affairs of the University to the extent of ordering management to increase fees of students for his personal use, and called on the government to send a crack team of investigators from the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) and the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to the University for proper investigation.
Mr Alhassan Bawa, whom the MP, had earlier accused of been hired by the Vice Chancellor to attack him on social media platforms, demanded the Akufo-Addo government, dispatch the BNI and CID investigators to the University and find things for themselves.
“To me the best way out is to send the BNI, and the CID. They should come to the ground and actually carry out proper investigation, as to what is happening. Most of the demonstrators, are not students, they are town boys who he bused in there for them to carry out the demonstration they are his boys”.
Yesterday, the Central Regional Minister, Kwamena Duncan, announced that on the advice of the Reginal Security Council, the school has been closed down indefinitely.
This was after demonstrating students clashed with the Police, amidst the firing of warning shots and tear gas, in a bid to push back the protestors, who had since Tuesday been demanding the reinstatement of some dismissed lecturers.
At least 10 people, were reported as having suffered varied degrees of injuries and currently receiving treatment at the university campus clinic, according to one of the students who witnessed the incident. A five months old pregnant woman was reported to have collapsed, after the firing of tear gas.
According to Alhassan Bawa, who is a lecturer and in the camp of the under fire Vice-Chancellor, before the current rancor, the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) MP, tried without success to persuade the Afful-Broni-led management, to charge students additional GHc10 as part of their fees.
He said, the University refused the MP’s request because it felt it was wrong and also reminded him the right to increase University fees is by the Parliament which he is a member.
He claimed that Mr Afenyo-Markin, has been pushing his self-interest on the management which is to have portions of the University’s funds, and this has been resisted by authorities leading to his public outburst and the unending impasse.
“He wants the money of the university it is as simple as that. He is after the money of the university. He even proposed that GHc10 each to be put on students fees he made a proposal like that so that it will come to him for him to use for whatever he wants to use it for and the university refused it.
So many other demands which does not augur well for example that GHc10 he asked to be put on students fees, the university has no authority.
It does not have the power to just decide on fees it has to go to Parliament for approval that is why for the past three years or so, the university has not increased fees because Parliament has not given approval and you an MP who is supposed to have the interest of the Ghanaians at heart, a legislator to look after this country, you are saying that they should put GHc10 on students fees.
I wish he was here so that we go head to head. I know he will deny this but he asked for it, he asked the university management to do that which is wrong. It is money and nothing else that he is after that is why he is causing all this chaos”.
Alhassan Bawa, who has also fallen out with the MP, said the woes of the university have to be blamed squarely on the politician, who has been meddling endlessly in the affairs of the institution.
Speaking on Joy New’s PM Express on Wednesday, the lecturer questioned why the lawmaker, would constantly poke his nose into the day to day running of the University, as though he is the only parliamentarian, who has an institution in his Constituency.
He also claimed most of the students who demonstrated asking for the reinstatement of sacked teaching and nonteaching staff, are town folks, who are not members of the students’ body, but were bused by the MP, to cause mayhem on campus.
His claim was corroborated by the acting Students Representative Council (SRC) President, Issa Akulugu, who was also on the show.
The MP was billed to be on the same programme, but at the latter part of the evening, opted out for unknown reason. Mr Alhassan Bawa, dared him, to challenge him on his accusation against the MP, as there is ample evidence to expose him.
He charged, “He is the brain behind everything. We have evidence that, he is the one who is perpetuating all these.
He further accused the leadership of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) led by Dr Eric Opoku, as “not credible” for allegedly holding a meeting with the MP and pocketing money to support him and also demand the resignation of Prof Afful-Broni and recall of the sacked lecturers.
“They went and had their meeting with Afenyo-Markin, who is now their financier, whatever they did with him only God knows, but very soon it will come out, because, as soon as the meeting ended that evening, the following morning, UTAC issued a statement calling for the resignation of the VC which clearly shows that there was under hand dealings. My question to UTAG is what wrong has the VC done?
Dr. Opoku, who was called into the programme debunked the allegations, saying he has an image to protect and so will not descend into the gutters with Mr Alhassan Bawa, adding “We think that what is going on at the UEW campus is further deepen the polarization and it’s not going to unite it” He noted. He maintained UTAG, still stands on it call to the VC to resign for peace to prevail.
An affected lecturer and UEW’s UTAG secretary, Dr. Ahmed Jinapor, questioned the locus of Alhassan Bawa in the studios of the television station.
Dr. Jinapor, who is the elder brother of former Deputy Minister of Power, John Jinapor and a deputy Chief of Staff, Samuel Abu Jinapor, insisted call by UTAG to have the VC go was apt.
Dr. Jinapor who is on the side of sacked VC, Prof. Mawutor Avoke said “First of all, I will speak to this issue as secretary of UTAG –UEW, so I speak on locus and I have the gravitas to speak to the issues, because Alhassan Bawa can attest to that, I am elected secretary of UTAG of which he’s a member.
I will like to know the basis on which Alhassan Bawa is sitting and speaking to the issues”. He rejected accusation that Mr Afenyo-Markin, is the cause of the turmoil going on at the University, saying the MP is nothing, but a crusader, a principled and a very good guy”.
Yesterday, Personnel from the Formed Police Unit called in as reinforcement clashed with the protesting students who are throwing stones in response to what they have described as police highhandedness in the peaceful protest.
Students were destroying school properties and pulling down billboards on campus, a witness to the scene reports.
“There is teargas everywhere and everyone is running helter-skelter,” the witness said a while ago.
Eight warning shots were initially fired by the Winneba Police at the Faculty of Educational Studies, close to the university canteen as the protestors moved there to rally their colleagues to join their #BringBackOurLecturers campaign, which has garnered steam since Tuesday, the witness added.
The witness said the tear gas was fired into the faculty building, where some lectures were ongoing at around 9:00am, yesterday. They also fired some into the canteen and into the bushes where some of the protestors took cover.
The protestors were said to be chanting their popular refrain ‘Bring Back Our Lecturers’ as they moved round the faculty building where some students were in their lecture halls.
The action of the police incensed some students of the faculty, and they massing up around the Finpa roundabout close to the university administration, ostensibly to protest the police ‘highhandedness’ in handling the situation.
Some of them say they have been angered by the fact that the injured, which included food sellers, were not part of the protest.
Meanwhile, in circulation is a list of senior staff of troubled UEW, who have been sacked under the watch of Reverend Father Prof Anthony Afful-Broni.
There are fears more persons could be fired in the ensuing days, as the clergyman is said to be embarking on what many have described as a house cleaning exercise to take out persons who are opposed to his style of leadership.
According to the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG), over 30 different categories of staff including senior lecturers of the University of Winneba have been “sacked, suspended and demoted arbitrarily” for various reasons.
UTAG, argued Prof Afful-Broni, was at his investiture tasked to resolve the longstanding impasse between the university and some staff of the university, some of who took legal action against the university over some of its decisions.
Find the list below; Prof. Mawutor Avoke – sacked, Dr. Theophilus Senyo Ackorlie – sacked, Mr. Frank Owusu Boateng – sacked,
Mr. Daniel Tetteh – sacked, Ms. Mary Dzima – sacked, Mr. Agbeshie Epiphany – demoted and suspended, Dr. Bekoe – sacked, Ms. Shine L. G. Agbevivi – sacked, Mr. Kenneth Mango – sacked, Mr. David Adzahoe – sacked, Mr. Dennis Afriyie Osei Marfo – sacked, Mr. Enoch Ebenezer Bondzie – sacked, Mr. Charles EdemBedzra – demoted and suspended, Mr. Francis Mawuli Amorni – demoted and suspended, Prof. Avea Nsoh – sacked, Dr. Duku Frimpong – sacked, Dr. Sarpong – sacked, Dr. Samuel Atintonu – sacked and Sena Deke- sacked.