The University of Education, Winneba (UEW) has counted its loses after students demonstration led to the destruction of the University’s properties.
A Member of the Governing Council of UEW, Mr. John Darko, counting on the cost of damages to properties, noted that, approximately, GH₵ 250,000 properties such as ATM, glass windows, vehicles among others destroyed during the protest and needs to be repaired.
In a media encounter after a visit to some of the damaged properties on campus, Mr. Darko disclosed that the Ajumako and Winneba campuses of the University will be opened soon in consultation with the Regional Security Council headed by the Central Regional Minister, Kwamena Duncan.
He said, “The total cost of damage is estimated at about GHc250,000. We need to understand that broken down critical facilities such as vehicles, ATMs, glass windows and others affected by the violence may have to be repaired before the students could be asked to report back to campus”.
“There is also a need to do a cleanup and undertake a repair and restoration of major facilities on our campuses before we could ask the students to report back,” Mr. Darko added.
Meanwhile, the governing council of UEW has hinted its readiness to receive petition from lecturers who have been demoted, suspended, or have had their appointments terminated and have it reversed, when necessary.
Three lecturers of the University were sacked for varied reasons. The Principal of the College of Languages Education, Prof. Ephraim Avea Nsoh, was sacked for not cooperating with management members. A representative of the alumni on the University Council, Dr. Emmanuel Osei Sarpong, was sacked for allegedly disrespecting the Council and refusing to back its decisions.
The local President of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG), Dr. Frimpong Kakyire Duku, was also allegedly sacked after initiating legal action against his employer “without any cause” and without exhausting internal procedures.
But this action led to protest by some students of the University, resulting in the damages of properties, which has been pegged at are GH₵ 250,000.