By Kwesi Alfred Adams & Naabenyin Joojo Amissah, Winneba .
The University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) has waded into the controversy at the University of Education-Winneba (UEW), demanding the immediate resignation of the Vice Chancellor, Rev. Fr. Afful Broni, a Catholic priest.
UTAG is also demanding the immediate reinstatement of the three Lecturers dismissed by the University Council.
Dr Frimpong Kaakyire Duku, Dr Sarpong and Professor Ephraim Avea were dismissed by the University for various reasons.
The dismissal of the three Lecturers has, however, sparked chaos on the campus of the university, with the students rioting over the dismissal.
Addressing the media, the National UTAG president, Dr. Eric Opoku Mensah said the lecturers association expects an immediate resignation of the Vice Chancellor and the reinstatement of the dismissed staff of the school.
“That the victimisation and polarisation on UEW campus is at variance with the President’s directive that the VC should reconcile all factions regarding the impasse which existed before his investiture, as at now over 30 people have been sacked, suspended or demoted arbitrarily.”
Meanwhile, some concerned students and Alumni of the University of Education, Winneba, are threatening to stage a gargantuan demonstration on Monday, if the Vice Chancellor, Rev Fr Professor Afful Broni does not resign latest by Friday.
The group has, therefore, called on the entire stakeholders of the fast growing institution of higher learning to ensure that the Vice Chancellor is either sacked or made to resign peacefully by the close of Friday, 15th March.
Speaking to The Chronicle, the leader of the group, Mr Victor Osei Agyapong posited that both the present and past students of the revered institution have endured enough of the VC’s autocratic and tyrannical style of leadership.
The planned demonstration follows the recent dismissal of two senior lecturers of the school, Dr Frimpong Kaakyire Duku and Professor Ephraim Avea Nsoh by the university governing council.
It was gathered that the dismissal of the two lecturers added to 12, the number of lecturers and staff of the university who have been dismissed in recent times, which include former VC Professor Mawutor Avoke.
The development of the sacking spree of lecturers appeared to have triggered the anger of the students who are threatening to vent their spleen on the current VC, Prof Broni, who benefited from the sacking of the former VC.
According Mr Agyapong, “UEW has known no peace since Prof. Afful Broni became the acting VC and the substantive VC a little over a year ago”.
He added: “The VC has tainted the highly won reputation of the school with needless suspensions, litigations, victimisations and above all, introduced a culture of silence on campus. “All attempts made by the students’ body and some lecturers to stand up for our academic freedom on campus were thwarted by the police through unlawful arrests, intimidation and detention, but thank God his cup is now full,” said Mr Agyapong.
“The converging of students at the North Campus is a dress rehearsal of what is going to happen on Monday if he remains at post by then. There shall be a massive demonstration on Monday 18th March, 2019 in Winneba”, Mr Agyapong told The Chronicle.
The group alleged that Prof. Afful Broni’s style of leadership has not just widely-opened the institution to negative media exposure, but it has also made UEW unattractive to thousands of prospective applicants.
The intended demonstration, which would be subjected to the continuous stay in office by the Vice Chancellor, is christened ‘Operation Bring Back Our Lecturers’.
It would be used by the students and other concerned bodies to register their displeasure about the current impasse in the university concerning the rampant dismissal of lecturers on campus.