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UEW Vice Chancellor, 5 officers detained

By Maame Aba Afful
University of Education Winneba

The Economic and Organised Crime Office(EOCO) detained the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) Professor Mawutor Avokeh and five other officers over alleged procurement breaches on Tuesday.

The five other officers are Finance Officer Dr. Akorli and his deputy, Frank Owusu Boateng; Internal Auditor, Ms Sena Darkeh; the Procurement officer, Mary Adzime, and Deputy Director of Works and Physical Development, Mr. Tetteh.

The six officers have for the past month been subjects of investigations by the EOCO in the ongoing crisis in the University arising out of a suit brought against the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Avokeh and the University’s Governing Council at the Winneba High Court.

A Winneba High court in July ordered the Vice-Chancellor of UEW, Professor Mawutor Avokeh, to step aside until a case brought against him and the University’s Governing Council was determined. The order also affected the institution’s Finance Officer.

The court order was the result of a suit filed by one Supi Kofi Kwayera who insisted that the Vice Chancellor and the Finance Officer were operating under the institution’s non-operational Governing Council.

Mr. Kwayera presented that the University Council’s mandate had expired in November 2013, but the Education Ministry failed to constitute a new Governing Council for the university, and rather allowed and permitted the defunct Governing Council which had no mandate whatsoever to continue the functions of a properly constituted Governing Council as if same had been properly constituted.

He insisted the move was unlawful and therefore took legal action against the University of Education, Winneba.

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