Some angry lecturers at the Wa Polytechnic on Monday afternoon chased the Rector, Prof Emmanuel Marfo-Owusu out of campus with stones and sticks.
The Wa Polytechnic chapter of the Polytechnic Teachers Association of Ghana (POTAG), has leveled a series of allegations of financial malfeasance and breaches of procurement regulations against Prof Marfo-Owusu.
They have alleged Prof Marfo-Owusu procured a mercedez benz vehicle (pictured below) for himself at a cost of about GHc500,000 without approval from the Governing Council and have also cited other financial irregularities as basis for their agitations.
The Governing Council had asked Prof Marfo-Owusu to step aside for investigations but on Monday he went on campus and questioned why his office had been locked.
This was after he had secured a court injunction preventing the Council from asking him to step aside.
His presence on campus on Monday infuriated the lecturers who have said they don’t want to see him around until investigations are concluded.
Prof Marfo-Owusu is said to have questioned why his office had been locked and threatened to sack a security officer, after the latter told him to find out from the Estate Department why the office had been locked.
The lecturers blocked the road to prevent Prof Marfo-Owusu from driving away and told him they were going to seize the vehicle.
After some verbal exchanges, Prof Marfo-Owusu attempted to drive off campus but the lecturers run after him chanting, “thief, thief, thief.”