The Student Representative Council (SRC) of the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ) has denied claims that its rector, Dr. Wilberforce Dzisah, has been ordered to proceed on leave to facilitate investigations over alleged infractions in “procurement practices.”
In a statement signed by Nathaniel Alpha, the General Secretary of the SRC, Dr. Dzisah is on an annual leave which took effect on Wednesday, 20th December, 2017.
“The Executive Committee of the SRC has taken notice of a report on Starrfmonline.com that seek to suggest that the Rector of the Ghana Institute of Journalism, Dr. Wilberforce S. Dzisah has been asked to proceed on leave because of alleged infractions in Procurement issues”
“The SRC would like to inform the numerous students calling for clarity on this matter that the portion of the story by starrfmonline.com is false.
“The SRC has in its possession a letter signed by the Rector stating that, he has proceeded on his annual leave effective yesterday Wednesday, December 20, 2017 and resume work on Thursday, February 1st, 2018.”
“In his absence, Dr. Ebo Aul, the acting Vice Rector would serve as Rector.” – the statement read.
The SRC was however quick to add that they were “fully aware of the formation of a committee by the school’s Governing Council to investigate various petitions against the Rector.”
Earlier today, there were several publications that suggested that the Governing Council of the communications school has asked Dr. Dzisah to proceed on leave to facilitate a smooth investigation of issues concerning procurement matters under his tenure.
Furthermore, Dr. Dzisah was reported to be investigated, together with some other management staff over “academic integrity and any other matters arising out of the investigation”.
According to these publications, the investigations started on Monday, 18 December 2017.