The leadership of University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) has challenged reports of the arrest of the former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Education, Winneba by the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO).
In a statement Wednesday, it denied claims that Prof. Avoke has been summoned by EOCO.
It said the professor is innocent of all charges stressing he was not in office at the time the agreements under contention were entered into.
“Although Prof. Avoke has not been found guilty by any court of competent jurisdiction, attempts have been made to withdraw all benefits and perquisites due him as the Vice Chancellor of the University,” the statement said.
It added that UTAG is closely watching proceedings and will not tolerate any attempt by any party to influence the decision of the Supreme Court which is expected on November 8, 2017.
UTAG PRESS RELEASE ON THE IMPASSE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF EDUCATION, WINNEBA (UEW)
It has come to the notice of the National Leadership of UTAG that the Vice Chancellor and Finance Officer of the University of Education, Winneba who were asked to step aside by a Winneba High Court, on 14th July, 2017 and four other Officers of the University have been arrested and detained by the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO) on 31st October, 2017 over alleged procurement breaches. This information has been widely circulated in the media.
All this while, UTAG has kept calm and believed in the legal process of addressing the issues and has stayed true to that course. However, while we believe in the legal processes, UTAG is vigilant and watching closely every development which is happening at UEW campus. We therefore, wish to state that any attempt by any individual, groups of individuals or institutions to use any scheme or strategy outside the confines of the provisions of the 1992 constitution of Ghana, the UEW Act and Statutes, in order to court public displeasure against any of our members connected to this case as a strategic means of securing a judgment in the court of public opinion even before the final outcome of the case in competent courts of jurisdiction will be unfortunate.
UTAG will not hesitate to fully employ all the strategies available to it in order to redeem and protect the interest and image of members of our Association and particularly, the autonomy of the public universities.
UTAG, therefore, respectfully request that all major stakeholders such as Vice-Chancellors’ Ghana, the Governing Council of UEW, the Ministry of Education, National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE) and the Office of the President of the Republic of Ghana, will show commitment to resolving the issues as we seek diligently to find an amicable solution to the crises which have the potential of not only destroying the hard-won reputation of certain individuals but also derailing the entire progress that the University of Education, Winneba, has made so far.