UEW impasse: ‘I’m not interfering’ – Afenyo-Markin

Afenyo-Markin UEW
MP for Effutu, Alexander Afenyo-Markin

Member of Parliament, Alexander Afenyo-Markin, has said  he gets disappointed by allegations that his office has been  interfering in the affairs of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW).

 The  lawmaker who has been at the center of recent developments at the UEW is waging a war against what he claims  was injustice being perpetuated by the dismissed Vice Chancellor (V.C) Professor Mawutor Avoke’s administration. 

He has also been vocal against same under the leadership of the current VC, Rev. Father Prof Anthony Afful-Bronyi whose administration has dismissed about 32 staff of the school, including lectures, for ‘unjustifiable’ reasons. 

Speaking with journalists in Parliament earlier today,  Afenyo-Markin said his constant involvement in the affairs of the UEW, located in his constituency, is  to ensure that it functions  properly devoid of victimization.

“I get a bit disappointed when people say my office is interfering in the affairs of the University. It cannot be,” he exclaimed. “We owe it a duty to mother Ghana and a duty to academia to ensure that the right things are done”. he stated.”If we allow things to degenerate, [under the guise of academic freedom and autonomy] one day, it will come back and hunt all of us. What was wrong yesterday remains wrong today and will remain wrong tomorrow”, the legislator fumed.    Touching on the reinstatement of three dismissed lecturers, Afenyo-Markin said the reinstatement must not be done selectively.

The UEW’s Governing Council in a statement issued and signed by its Chairman, Prof Emmanuel Nicholas Abakah, said the Council had reviewed its disciplinary action against the trio – Professor Ephraim Avea Nsoh, Dr Frimpong Kaakyire Duku, Dr Emmanuel Osei Sarpong -, announcing that the school would be reopened on Monday April 8. 

“Reconciliation must not be done in a manner that will not give a positive impression. Dr Bekoe is supposed to be reinstated. I don’t see why Bekoe should be left out. I don’t see why Agbeshi will have to sit at home on suspension. I don’t see why Dr. Duku would be reinstated and others left out. I expect that the right thing should be done,” he stated. 
According to Afenyo-Markin, the “gang of six,” comprising of Professor Avoke and five other administrative staff, were supposed to be compensated for ‘wrongful dismissal’ but that has not been the case. 

“I want a full package [for them] but to solve it half-way……creates a disturbing situation. So I will plead with the VC and all stakeholders to work around the clock to ensure that this matter is resolved. 

“I have taken a position that if the Vice Chancellor cannot demonstrate ability to reconcile, then there is no point in him being there. We all had confidence in him, we all believed in his vision for the university and that is why when he petitioned my office, I took the matter up,” he stressed. 

On the way forward, Mr Afenyo-Markin said if the issues were properly addressed, the lecturers, the students and the workers would be ready and willing to work with VC. 

For peace to rein on campus as the Winneba and Ajumako campuses of the UEW reopens on Monday, Afenyo-Marking said “it depends on the posture of the Vice Chancellor. I am calling on him to play that role which will give people hope and assurances”.

“We need a peaceful UEW. UEW must make progress. The UEW brand must be a brand of choice but all these can only be achieved if we have a leadership that is showing commitment and that commitment must come from the VC and not any other and of the VC is ready to lead that charge, I am more than assured that things will turn for the better.”

By: Theresa Adezewa Aryeetey

Publish on Apt

Do you have any Social, informational, educational or entertaining stuff that should be featured on www.aptnewsghana.com?

Please submit your stories, pictures, and videos to us via WhatsApp: +233548388489 or click on the icon on your screen. Alternatively, email us: aptnewsghana@gmail.com

RSS APO Group – Africa-Newsroom: latest news releases related to Africa

  • FIFA global report: Give every talent a chance May 13, 2021
    Download logoFIFA (www.FIFA.com) publishes year-long study on the global talent development ecosystem; Talented young footballers need to be given every possible chance to shine; Data-driven project headed by FIFA’s Chief of Global Football Development Arsène Wenger. A ground-breaking study by FIFA has delivered the message that every talented player deserves a chance to be identified […]
  • Coronavirus - Eritrea: Announcement from the Ministry of Health (12 May 2021) May 13, 2021
    Four patients have been diagnosed positive for COVID-19 in tests carried out today at Quarantine Centers in Barentu (2), and, Agordat (1), Gash Barka Region; and Asmara (1), Central Region. On the other hand, twelve patients who have been receiving medical treatment in hospitals in the Southern Red Sea Region have recovered fully and have […]
  • Coronavirus - Nigeria: COVID-19 case update (12 May 2021) May 13, 2021
    44 new cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria; Lagos-28 Rivers-14 Akwa Ibom-1 Ekiti-1 165,559 confirmed 156,374 discharged 2,066 deathsDistributed by APO Group on behalf of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).Media filesDownload logo
  • Incentives for Digital Economy Production in Cameroon (By Achare Takor) May 13, 2021
    By Achare Takor Over the last decade, information technologies (IT) have revolutionized the way people and businesses carry out their daily activities worldwide. There is abundant evidence that the upsurge of technology has been a major contributor to fundamental economic change, notably the growth in global production and the distribution of intangible goods and services. […]
  • Coronavirus - Zambia COVID-19 statistics daily status update (12 May 2021) May 13, 2021
    COVID-19 daily update - 12th May: we report 59 new cases out of 4,800 tests (1% positivity), 35 recoveries, and 5,058 new vaccinations; with 1 new death (MHSRIP).Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Zambia National Public Health Institute (ZNPHI).Media filesDownload logo
  • Coronavirus - Ethiopia: COVID-19 reported cases in Ethiopia (12 May 2021) May 13, 2021
    Daily: Laboratory test: 5,722 Cases: 695 Severe cases: 659 New deaths: 27 Recovery: 2,241 Total: Laboratory test: 2,634,674 Active cases: 45,619 Total cases: 264,367 Total deaths: 3,938 Total recovery: 214,808 Total vaccinated: 1,397,647Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Ministry of Health, Ethiopia.Media filesDownload logo
  • Video News Release: Weekly Press Briefing on the Coronavirus Disease Outbreak May 13, 2021
    Watch the video: https://bit.ly/3bFSW7BDistributed by APO Group on behalf of Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC).Media filesDownload logo
  • Coronavirus - South Africa: COVID-19 Statistics in South Africa (12 May 2021) May 13, 2021
    Tests conducted: 10,968,926 Positive cases identified: 1,602,031 Total recoveries: 1,519,734 Total deaths: 54,968 New cases: 2,759Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Republic of South Africa, Department of Health.Media filesDownload logo
  • Coronavirus - Kenya: COVID-19 update (12 May 2021) May 13, 2021
    410 people have tested positive to the disease, from a sample size of 3,799 tested in the last 24 hours. Our positivity rate is at 10.8%. From the cases 393 are Kenyans while 17 are foreigners. Total confirmed positive cases are now 164,386 and cumulative tests so far conducted are 1,729,345. County distribution: Nairobi 76, Kericho […]
  • Coronavirus - Eswatini: COVID-19 daily update (12 May 2021) May 13, 2021
    Total daily tests: 983 New confirmed cases: 5 Cumulative confirmed cases: 18,492 Active cases: 37 Recoveries: 17,784 (0 new) Currently admitted: 1 New deaths: 0 Total deaths: 671 Total vaccinated to date: 35,227Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Ministry of Health, Government of the Kingdom of Eswatini.Media filesDownload logo
About Editor 616 Articles
Joe Bright Nyarko Journalist/Communication Researcher. Environment & Sustainability Advocate. Managing Editor of aptnewsghana.com, a non-profit news portal with bias towards environment and sustainability issues, rural development policies and gender & inequality.