Effutu Member of Parliament Alexander Afenyo-Markin has dismissed reports in the media that the Winneba High Court ordered the closure of the University of Education, Winneba.
UEW has closed down all campuses following an order by the court restraining members of its Governing Council from holding themselves out as such.
According to authorities, the university was sued at the Winneba High Court in connection with the writ filed by one Supi Kofi Kwayera, represented on Tuesday 13th June, 2017 in court by Mr Afenyo-Markin, challenging the legality of certain actions taken by the then Governing Council of the university.
Subsequent to the writ heard on Tuesday 13th June, 2017, the judge ruled that the reliefs sought by the plaintiff should be upheld pending the determination of the case on Friday 16th June, 2017.
“In line with the decision of the court, the members of the university community, comprising University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) executives, Deans, Heads of Departments and representatives of Senior Members, have therefore decided to shut down the university until Friday 16th June, 2017 when the substantive case will be heard,” a press release signed by the registrar of the university stated on Tuesday 13th June.
The statement added: “In order not to flout the directive of the court, the registrar has been directed by the university at a meeting held today, 13th June, 2017, to communicate the closure of all campuses of the university (Winneba, Kumasi, Mampong-Ashanti and Ajumako).”
But there are some reports that the court did not order the closure of the university. Reacting to this in an interview with Chief Jerry Forson, host of Ghana Yensom on Accra100.5FM on Wednesday June 14, Mr Afenyo-Markin said: “The registrar of the institution is up to some mischief with some people and that, in itself, I am sure, will give rise to another action in court. So, simply put, I will say that the court did not order the closure of the university.
“This matter is in court as we speak and if I go on about it again in the media, it will not be helpful, but what I will say is that the court never ordered the closure of the university.”