Winneba High Court orders UEW to reinstate Prof. Avoke as Vice-Chancellor and 4 other dismissed officers

The Winneba High Court has ordered the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) to reinstate Prof Mawutor Avoke as the substantive Vice-Chancellor of the Institution.

The Court presided over by Justice Aboagye Tandoh also charged the University to reinstate the other four principal officers who were “unlawfully” dismissed to their former grade.

The four are the Finance Officer, Dr Theophilus Senyo Ackorlie, Daniel Tetteh, Mary Dzimey and Frank Owusu Boateng.

It ruled that their salary arrears must be paid from the date they were removed from their respective positions.

In 2017, Prof. Avoke was instructed to vacate his post until a case against him and the University Council by Supi Kofi Kwayera was determined.

The plaintiff alleged and cited financial and procurement irregularities on Prof. Avoke.

He also claimed that the University Council’s mandate expired in 2013; however, the Education Ministry failed to constitute a new Governing Council.

The University interdicted Prof. Avoke and four others after it emerged that some vital documents at some offices at the centre of an ongoing investigation had disappeared.

A fact-finding committee that set up to look into the matter suggested the dismissal of the officers in August 2018.

The decision by the University’s Governing Council was described by many as politically motivated.

The Governing Council of the University later appointed Rev. Fr. Professor Anthony Afful-Broni as the substantive Vice-Chancellor for a limited period of three years.