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GIJ fined ₵25,000.00 as former Rector wins court case.

GIJ fined ₵25,000.00 as former Rector wins court case.
Dr. Wilberforce Dzisah, Former Rector of GIJ.

An Accra High Court, presided over by Justice Frank Aboagye Rockson, ruled that Dr. Wilberforce S. Dzisah's purported removal from his position as the Rector of the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ) was erroneous and illegal. As a result, the court ordered that he be paid all of his entitlements at the current bank rate of interest for the remainder of his fixed term that has not yet expired.

The Supreme Court's Labor Division—Court 1 issued a ruling on Wednesday, February 22, 2023, in which the court further ordered the defendants (GIJ) to pay the plaintiff (Dr. Dzisah) an extra six months' compensation at the existing rate of interest.

Moreover, Dr. Dzisah's additional responsibility allowance of twenty percent (20%) as the Director of the Graduate School from 2013 to 2017 must be paid by the GIJ, with interest, following Judge Frank Aboagye Rockson's ruling.

The court additionally ordered that he be compensated his unpaid responsibilities and entertainment allowances for the Rector position from July through to December 2016 as well as research and book allowance for 2017. The court also fined GIJ a whooping amount of GHS25,000.00 in costs.

It should be noted that this costly decision was made in March 2018 by the Governing Council of the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ), which was then chaired by Prof. Kwasi Ansu-Kyeremeh, Dr. Margaret Amoakohene, and Dr. Kweku Rockson, among others, without consulting the GIJ Statutes or the 1992 Ghanaian Constitution.

This caused the plaintiff to file suit under the case number IL/0054/2018 in order to rectify the error and restore his reputation.

Portions from the court's ruling revealed that the defendant's defence before the court included no reference of the Governing Council's charges of procurement violations against the previous Rector, Dr. Dzisah.

The court was informed by Prof. Ansu-Kyeremeh, the then-Chairman of the Council that, the Governing Council had simply opted to remove the plaintiff from office when no formal charges had been brought against him.

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Source: HR Forum News

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