Rector of the Ghana Institute of Journalism, Dr Wilberforce Dzisah, who resumed work on Thursday from his annual leave, has been ordered to proceed on leave with immediate effect, 3news.com can authoritatively report.
Acting Deputy Rector, Ebow Afful, has been directed to go back to the classroom to teach and resume his head of department role, while the Registrar of the Institute, Perry K.K OFosu has also been ordered to go on leave.
Head of Communication Department at the Institute, Dr. Modestus Fosu, has been directed to act in Dr. Dzisah’s stead, 3news.com can confirm.
Though the two have outstanding leave days, sources say the recent decision directing the two management members to proceed on leave is part of a calculated attempt by the Governing Council of the Institute to oust them.
Highly placed sources say the decision was taken Thursday, February 1 at an emergency Council meeting in Accra.
On December 21, 2017, reports emerged Dr. Dzisah had been ordered to proceed on leave over alleged procurement infractions but the Institute later issued a statement to debunk the said reports.
It explained at the time that Rector was rather taking a part of his annual leave from Wednesday, 27th December, 2017 to Thursday, 1st February, 2018 to “to allow for a smooth investigation of some concerns raised including academic integrity and procurement practices”.
On resumption, however, Mr. Dzisah has been ordered, together with the Registrar, to go on leave by the Governing Council without being given a resumption date.
Their leave letters were served on them Friday morning, sources close to the Institute told 3News.
Meanwhile, in December 2017, Citifmonline reported that the Rector of the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ), Dr. Wilberforce Dzisah, was on leave, as a four-member committee investigates alleged infractions in procurement practices among other issues.
And that, it was unclear whether the said investigation is connected to the Rector’s leave, considering that no particular official is named as being the target of the supposed investigation.
The issues being investigated revolve around “academic integrity, procurement practices and any other matters arising out of the investigation” according to a letter sighted by Citi News.
The committee is probing “matters arising out of, and as summarized in petitions submitted to the Council Chairperson; complaints raised during meetings with the Executive Management Board, Senior members, Senior and Junior Staff and the SRC; as well as the Chairperson’s observations on prevailing decision making and implementation procedures.”
“The Committee is also to come up with proposals to rectify any shortcomings that may be detected to enhance the Institute’s operations.
Council seeks the cooperation of all within the GIJ community to ensure a successful investigation,” the letter added.
Thus, “the Rector of the Institute is on leave to facilitate a smooth investigation.”
The investigative committee began its work Monday, December 18, 2017, and is being chaired by one Dr. Margaret Amoakohene.
The Acting Vice-Rector of the university, Dr. Ebo Afful, is to act in Dr. Dzisah’s absence, a letter signed by the Chairman of the Governing Council of the University, Prof. Kwasi Ansu-Kyeremeh stated.
Whiles all these are happening, the National Media Commission appears to be sleeping.
Source-3News with additional files from Newsghana.com.gh