The appointment of the Vice-Chancellor of Ho Technical University, has been withdrawn by the Minister of Education Mathew Opoku Prempeh, after his academic qualification was called into question, The Herald has gathered.
According to information, Ben Q Honyenuga’s appointment, will have to hang until investigation into how he acquired a doctorate degree is thoroughly investigated and proven.
Mr Honyenuga was appointed Vice-Chancellor of the University on January 18, 2019 after the Council of the University met at it 29th Special Meeting, following receipt of the report of the Search Committee set up to look for a V-C for the University.
The letter announcing his appointment which was signed by Professor Emmanuel J. Flolu (D.PHIL), Chairman of the Council said “I write to inform you that Council gave approval for you to be appointed as Vice-Chancellor of Ho Technical University. A formal letter of appointment shall be issued to you in due course”.
But less than a month after the appointment, eyes have been raised over Mr Honyenuga PHD title leading to it being put on hold by the Minister,for further investigation.
Further information gathered by the Herald indicates that, before his appointment last month, the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE) wasalready investigating Mr. Honyenugaon how he acquired his PHD.
NCTE had in a letter dated September 17, 2019, addressed to the Chairman of the Council, asked the University to look into how Mr Honyenuga acquired his doctorate degree.
The request by the National Council for Tertiary Education followed a petition that was sent it in July 10, 2018.
The NCTE letter, which was issued by N. A. Abraham, who is the Head of Corporate Affairs, for the Executive Secretary said “We write to forward to your Council a letter dated 10th July, 2018 on the above subject.
It will be appreciated if you would investigate the matter and submit a report to the National Council for Tertiary Education”
And so it appears though the NCTE had already asked the University to investigate MrHonyenuga and forward a report to it, the University snubbed it mother body and went ahead to appoint a man who was supposed to be under investigation by the same University. It is not clear if the University submitted it report to the NCTE before the appointment.
It was as a result of the brouhaha surrounding Mr Honyenuga PHD that has led to the Minister abrogating his appointment as the new VC pending investigation.
Meanwhile, The Asogli state is unhappy with moves by the Governing Council of the Ho Technical University to rename the institution after Ghanaian composer, Ephraim Amu.
President Akufo-Addo, in August 2018, gave his blessing to the proposal for the school to be renamed the Ephraim Amu Technical University, in honour of the Ghanaian cultural icon and composer of the National Anthem, who hailed from the Volta Region.
However, Togbe Adzim Laklē Howusu, Warlord of the Asogli State, who addressed the press on behalf of the Paramount Chief, Togbe Afede, on Monday, said the school’s Governing Council, has disrespected the chiefs and custodians of the land over the decision to change the name of the school without consulting them.
According to him, the decision is in bad faith and must be reversed with immediate effect.
“We recall that the Asogli State Council initially raised the issue when a delegation from the university led by the then VC, Prof. Emmanuel Sakyi, called on the chiefs of Asogli at the Asogli state palace on 27th February 2018, to invite the Agbogbomefia and the chiefs of Asogli state to the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the University. The chiefs registered their opposition to the decision of the Council to rename the university after Dr. Ephraim Amu”.
The chiefs said they have always “maintained that, much as we recognize the achievements for Dr. Ephraim Amu and his contribution to the country’s development, we deem it improper to rename the university after him without due diligence and consensus building on the issue”.
They continued that the decision to rename the Premier tertiary institution of the region must be “reversed and any such decision in the future should be done in consultation with the relevant parties including the chiefs of the land”.
Reiterating their resolve to resist any change in name of the University, Togbe Adzim Lãkle Howusu said their “youth are already boiling and may take actions against the school authorities should they defy their instructions.”