The Rector of the Ghana Institute of Journalism has been asked to proceed on leave by the school’s Governing Council, ClassFMonline.com has learnt.
Dr Wilberforce Dzisah was billed to resume work on Thursday after taking his annual leave but sources within the school say he has been directed to proceed on leave again with immediate effect.
He was served a letter to that effect on Friday, 2 February.
ClassFMonline.com has learnt that the school’s Communication Department head, Dr Modestus Fosu, has been asked to act in Dr Dzisah’s stead.
Apart from Dr Dzisah, the Registrar, Perry K.K OFosu, has also been asked to proceed on leave for two months while the Acting Deputy Rector, Dr Ebow Afful, has been asked to assume his departmental headship role.
Dr Dzisah’s tenure ends in August 2018.
Late last year, ClassFMonline.com reported that the Governing Council asked Dr Dzisah to proceed on leave as a four-member committee investigated issues concerning procurement matters under his tenure.
Vice Rector Dr Afful was asked to act in Dr Dzisah’s absence, as “the Rector of the Institute is on leave to facilitate a smooth investigation.”
The committee was also probing the “academic integrity” of Dr Dzisah, as well as some other management members of GIJ.
A letter from the journalism training school said “any other matters arising out of the investigation” may also be probed.
The investigations started on Monday, 18 December 2017 following several petitions filed with chairperson of the Council, Prof. Kwasi Ansu-Kyeremeh, against the rector.
The letter signed by Prof. Ansu-Kyeremeh, said the probe was necessitated by matters arising out of, and as summarised, 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, according to the letter, was also to come up with proposals to rectify any shortcomings that may be detected to enhance the Institute’s operations.
A day after that report, however, another statement emerged from the school saying the rector was on leave voluntarily.
That statement, issued on Thursday, 21 December and signed by Mr Ofosu, who is also Secretary to the Council, said: “The attention of the Ghana institute of Journalism has been drawn to two news items carried thus: “The Rector of GIJ Asked to Proceed on Leave” and “GIJ Rector Under Probe for Procurement Infractions”.
The statement said: “These stories are incorrect and do not represent the position of council.
“Rather, Dr Wilberforce Dzisah, the Rector, voluntarily notified his management team and the Chairman of Council, of his intention to take part of his annual leave from Wednesday, 27 December 2017, and to resume duty on Thursday, 1 February 2018.
“This, in his view, is to allow for a smooth investigation of some concerns raised including academic integrity and procurement practices.
In that statement, the Council said it never accused Dr Dzisah of “indulging in procurement infractions or academic dishonesty.”