General News of Friday, 15 March 2019
An ardent sympathizer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Kwame Asare Obeng (A Plus) has blamed the Member of Parliament for Efutu Constituency for the unrest at the University of Education, Winneba (UEW).
Alexander Afenyo-Markin, who was instrumental in the removal of the former Vice-Chancellor (VC) of the UEW, Prof. Mawutor Avoke is in a tussle with the current one following the dismissal of some lecturers.
Rev. Prof. Anthony Afful-Broni last Friday, sacked three senior staff of the school, Professor Ephraim Avea Nsoh, former Upper East Regional Minister and Principal of the College of Languages Education at Ajumako, Dr. Frimpong Kakyire Duku who is the local President of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) and Dr. Emmanuel Osei Sarpong, a former Alumni President who was representing the alumni on the University Council.
The dismissals triggered fresh protest by students and the UTAG members.
Afenyo-Markin has condemned Rev. Afful-Broni for the “unlawful” dismissal of the lecturers and warned him to be mindful of events that led to the exit of the former Vice-Chancellor and be guided accordingly.
The development has led to the shutdown of the school following a violent demonstration by students who are demanding the reinstatement of the sacked lecturers and dismissal of the VC.
Commenting on the issue, A Plus observed that the “unnecessary” interference in the affairs of the institution by the Efutu lawmaker is the reason for the “disaster”.
“This is what happens when politicians unnecessarily poke their noses into things that do not concern them. The University of Education, Winneba (UEW) eventually closed down following students riot over unreasonable dismissal of lecturers. This is entirely Alexander Afenyo-Markin’s doing,” the government critic posted on Facebook.