Until his swearing in last March, Prof. Afful Broni was the Pro-Vice-Chancellor while the then Vice-Chancellor battled attempts to remove him. He did not suceed.
Prof. Anthony Afful-Broni despite resistance to his candidature emerged Vice-Chancellor. Under his leadership, some 30 teaching and non-teaching staff has been dismissed, according to University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG).
The Association has expressed fears; a culture of silence is spreading throughout campus. But the sacking of three lecturers appeared to have shattered the perceived silence.
Principal of the College of Languages Education at Ajumako, Prof. Ephraim Avea Nsoh was sacked because he had not been cooperating with other management members.
Also, the local President of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG), Dr. Frimpong Kakyire Duku, was sacked after initiating legal action against his employer “without any cause” and without exhausting internal procedures.
An Alumni representative on the University Council, Dr. Emmanuel Osei Sarpong, was sacked because he allegedly disrespected the University Council and does not back its decisions.
But backing the lecturers, the students have been protesting for three consecutive days. They chanted “bring back our lecturers,” taking inspiration from the campaign hashtag, #BringBack.
UTAG has declared solidarity for the student protests but cautioned against excesses.