The University of Education, Winneba (UEW) has dismissed a report by the Local Chapter of Amnesty International that authorities of the university are abusing some officers and staff.
The Acting Vice-Chancellor of the University, Rev. Prof. Anthony Afful Broni, at a news conference described Amnesty International’s accusations against the university citing human rights abuses as one-sided, mischievous and actuated by malice.
He said the UEW was appalled by Amnesty International for allowing some individuals to use its much-respected platform for such unethical conduct that sought to impugn the integrity and image of the university.
Amnesty International on the May 4, organized a news conference accusing the UEW of human rights violations, claims the university has refuted.
The University has registered its disappointment to come to terms with the conduct of an individual, Samuel Agbotsey, who operates under the banner of Amnesty International to destroy not only the image of UEW but that of the country as well.
“The University is also aware of the mischievous role of its lecturers, Dr Vincent Adzahlie-Mensah, who is on the Amnesty International Board and is using Amnesty International Platform and Samuel Agbotsey as his proxy to pursue his own parochial interest,” Rev Broni said.
According to him, UEW similar to other tertiary institutions is governed by an Act of Parliament, statutes and other rules that have been designated to ensure the highest academic freedom which group or individual can whimsically and capriciously manipulate.
The University, the Vice-Chancellor disclosed intends to send a petition and protest to Amnesty International on this unethical behaviour by their local chapter in Ghana.
“Why should Amnesty International engage in generalities and fail to give direct evidence of specific individuals who have found themselves in any such situation without due process, if indeed any of such cases exist?” he quizzed.
The University was emphatic their campus has been peaceful since the academic year began in August 2017 adding that such reports are intended to cause disaffection.
On Prof. Ephraim Avea Nsoh, Dr. Samuel Ofori Bekoe and Dr. Atintono
“Our attention has been drawn to interviews that were granted to some radio stations by Samuel Ofori Bekoe and Prof. Ephraim Avea Nsoh, Principals of the college of languages at the Ajumako Campus.”
“And I must put on record that Dr Samuel Ofori Bekoe has gone to court over his dismissal, so we shall not discuss a matter that is before the court, to avoid making any contemptuous statements,” he indicated.
On Prof. Avea Nsoh, the Principal of the College of Languages at the Ajumako campus, the Vice-Chancellor said the Principal has openly asked his staff and faculty members to disregard the university administration.
He is purported to have held meetings with students at which members of staff were present, where he urged and incited students to rebel against the university administration.
“Even with all these, he has not been victimized, neither has he been intimidated or dismissed. Is this an example of a culture of silence which Amnesty International is seeking to unjustifiably project?” Rev Broni quizzed.
In the case of Dr Atintono, which Prof. Avea Nsoh alludes to as evidence of the culture of silence and example of dismissals under this administration, the University avers that Dr Atintono vacated his post and was never dismissed.