Regional Maritime University Vice Chancellor Targeted -Suspended for insubordination

Professor Elvis Nyarko

Ghana’s Regional Maritime University (RMU) is being taken through irksome times, with its Vice Chancellor (VC), Professor Elvis Nyarko, being the ultimate target.

The VC has already been suspended on charges of insubordination to the Board of the university, according to a letter dated November 19, 2021, signed by Honorable Jean Ernest Massena Ngalle Bibehe, Chancellor/Board Chairman of the university.

As part of the craftily-orchestrated game plan against the VC, however, was how this has been put out in the public space that he (VC) was being suspended because of extortion.

The Inquisitor has in its possession a copy of the suspension missive and there is nowhere in it that Prof. Nyarko was accused of extortion.

Prof. Nyarko, in consonance with the regulations enshrined in the Conditions of Service of the University, will receive half of his salary for the period of his suspension.

Meanwhile, group of staff members at the Maritime University have thrown their weight behind Prof. Nyarko and, have fired a petition to the board of the university to that effect.

According to them, they were aware that some staff members were selected to appear before a Committee of Enquiry for hearing.

“The university has a total staff strength of 187, yet only a few staff were selected to appear before the committee for this hearing; Clearly, the mode of selection was not known and the staff who appeared before the committee would not be a true representation of the stakeholders with the university community. Their testimonies, therefore, may not be a true reflection of the views and position of all stakeholders,” the petitioners argued.

“The Vice Chancellor, since his assumption of office has embarked on number of developmental projects on campus. A typical example is the ongoing asphalting of RMU roads. This is due to his initiative through the influence of Hon. Transport Minister, Hon. Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, in negotiation with Hon. Minister of Roads and Highways; they continued.

“Amongst other developments and impressive initiatives, he has introduced many remarkable changes into RMU during his tenure as Vice Chancellor. Under his leadership, about 15 new programmes (both undergraduate and postgraduate) have been introduced and, these have helped the financial situation of the University, the petitioners concluded.

The petition, also sighted by this paper, dated November 19, 2021, was signed by some 24 staff members of the RMU.

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