The NPP Member of Parliament (MP) for the Effutu Constituency, Mr Alexander Afenyo-Markin, has refuted the allegation that Professor Mawutor Avoke was removed as
Vice Chancellor (VC) of the University of Education (UEW), Winneba, because of his ethnic affiliation .
Rather, he said, due process was followed in removing Prof. Avoke and four others because they fell foul of the administrative laws governing the university.
Professor Avoke and four principal officers of the UEW, including the Finance Officer, Dr Theophilus Senyo Akorlie, were allegedly sacked for their culpability in the loss of some vital documents in some offices which were at the centre of an investigation into riots at the university.
Counsel for the dismissed VC, Professor Raymond Atuguba, in a statement issued ahead of the swearing in of a new VC for the UEW last Monday, alleged that the dismissal of his client was influenced by tribalism.
"When a change of government occurred in January 2017, a certain cabal (for lack of a better word) that is associated with Winneba, saw this as an opportunity to change principal officers of the University of Education, Winneba. After acting as
Addressing the chiefs and the people of Winneba last Monday, moments after the new VC was sworn in by the university’s council in the presence of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Mr Afenyo-Markin said Prof. Atuguba's claims were unfounded.
He said the youth of Winneba, who
Mr Afenyo-Markin said previous administrations of the UEW sidelined the youth of Winneba in job placements and that, only relatives of those in the helm of affairs were engaged.
He said under the new leadership of Reverend Father Professor Anthony Afful-
Mr Afenyo-Markin said once Ghana was a secular country, nobody would be prevented from working in any institution based on his or her ethnic, religious or political affiliation be it at Winneba or any part of the country but that local citizens needed to benefit from what belonged to them too.
Using himself as an example, Mr Afenyo-Markin, whose father hails from the Volta Region and mother from Winneba in the Central Region, said that was
Mr Afenyo-Markin said under the new leadership of Rev. Father Professor Afful-
He used the opportunity to urge the youth of Winneba and its surrounding communities who would have the privilege to be engaged in any form of work at the UEW to give of their