EDUCATION

UEW, gov’t sued over extension of Governing Council’s tenure

A private citizen, Supi Kofi Kwayera, has sued the University of Education Winneba (UEW), and the Education Ministry for what he says calls the unlawful extension of the Governing Council’s tenure. In a writ sighted by Citi News, he also accused the Governing Council of misappropriating the funds of the University after the expiration of its two tenure in 2013. The suit comes months after the Member of Parliament for Effutu, Afenyo Markin, called for the immediate withdrawal of thousands of certificates issued by the University of Education, Winneba, since 2013. The MP argued that, such certificates and degrees had been invalidated by the fact that an “illegal” University Council caused them to be issued without proper legal authority. The mandate of the University Council expired since 2013, but a silent presidential directive caused the members of the Council to continue to serve in apparent defiance of the law establishing the University. The Ghanaian Citizen is seeking the following reliefs:  A declaration that the extension of the mandate of the Governing Council of the 1st Respondent by the 2nd respondent to stay in office to perform such functions as a properly appointed council was in breach of Section 8 Act 672. A declaration that all decisions taken by the defacto body of persons who constituted themselves as Governing Council is null and void and of no effect. A declaration that the contracts awarded to Sparkxx Gh Ltd, Paabadu Construction and C-Deck, were done in breach of the Procurement Act (Act 663). A declaration that all payments made to Lamas Ltd were done without the express written consent of the Ghana Highway Authority, and in breach of the Memorandum of Understanding and same must be refunded. A declaration that the illegally appointed Principal Officers of the 1st Respondent willfully misappropriated public funds by failing to put to public tender for the construction of the North campus road and thereby causing financial loss to the state. The University says it has been served with the suit and will respond appropriately.

Source: Citifmonline.com

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