The Wa Polytechnic Governing Council has ordered the institution’s suspended Rector, Professor Emmanuel Marfo-Owusu, to park his five hundred thousand Ghana Cedis Mercedes Benz, that is at the centre of protests by lecturers of the school.
Last Monday, some angry lecturers at the Wa Polytechnic prevented Prof. Emmanuel Marfo-Owusu from accessing the campus and subsequently his office.
Among other things, the lecturers have alleged that the embattled rector procured the vehicle for himself without approval from the Governing Council.
Speaking to Citi News, the Chairman of the Wa Polytechnic Governing Council, Daniel Bagah Debagah, said the independent committee set up to investigate the allegations would start its work soon.
“The Mercedes Benz is at the centre of the allegations leveled against him. We have asked that an independent committee goes into the allegations. So once the Mercedes Benz is in the centre of it, we are saying that he should pack it and be using whatever car he was using before then.”
He said: “…we are expecting to get a report from the committee in the next two weeks.”
Prof. Owusu was suspended by a special committee comprising members of the Polytechnic Governing Council, who were tasked to investigate allegations of financial mismanagement leveled against him.
He has however filed a suit seeking to quash his suspension.
Prior to a ruling on his suit, there was chaos at the Polytechnic after some staff locked out Professor Marfo-Owusu, and chased him out of the campus, accusing him of intimidating workers among other things.
The Chairman of the Wa Polytechnic chapter of the Polytechnic Teachers Association of Ghana (POTAG), Mubash Bamie, speaking on behalf of teaching and non-teaching staff of the school, maintained that Prof. Owusu does not deserve to serve in that position given that he had been indicted in some corrupt deals.
Mr. Bamie said workers will repeat a similar action if the Rector returns, saying “if he comes we will block the roads again .”
Prof. Marfo-Owusu, had earlier said he will not be drawn into any personal confrontation with lecturers of the institution.
Professor Marfo-Owusu in a Citi News interview said his lawyers are advising him on his next move.
“I’ve left it with my lawyer to take up the action that will follow. And so in the course of the week, you will know the action that I will take,” he said.