Rector of the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ) Dr. Wilberforce Dzisah, who was forced to proceed on his annual leave, is alleged to have been removing important documents that could aid in on-going investigations into financial malfeasance under his leadership.
A letter by the governing council of the Institute to the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) claimed Mr. Dzisah has been using his driver to “remove material (files and equipment) out of his office” at odd hours.
Dr. Dzisah who has since 2013 been the rector of the Institute, was asked to proceed on his annual leave for 2018 when he resumed work from an earlier leave.
The registrar, Perry P.K. Ofosu, was also asked to take their leave for 2018, while acting rector, Ebo Afful, was also asked to go back to the classroom to lecture.
According to the Prof. Kwasi Ansu-Kyeremeh-led governing council, the decision, which was taken on January 31, 2018, was to help ensure smooth investigations into alleged procurement and financial infractions.
But in the latest development on the matter, the Council has written to EOCO to investigate Dr. Dzisah and three other management members suspected to have engaged in financial malfeasance among other wrongdoings.
The three others are the acting rector Ebo Afful, the registrar Perry P.K. Ofosu and the procurement officer Kwasi Sekyere Boateng.
Dated February 7, the letter a copy of which was sighted by 3news.com explained that the invitation to EOCO formed part of on-going investigations into the operations of the Institute, which started on September 1, 2014.
The Council wants EOCO to carry out forensic audit “in establishing any shortcomings that might have caused the institute loss of property or finances, and if any, their prompt retrieval”.
It said it was particularly interested in the role and actions, either criminal or otherwise, that four or others might have played or indulged in, to lead to a loss or wrongdoing.
“We are particularly worried about Dr. Dzisah who, allegedly, has been sending his driver to remove material (files and equipment) out of his officer during odd hours, although on leave and possibly, allegedly, in collusion with the Procurement officer,” the letter alleged.
3news is yet to establish whether EOCO has responded to the letter and taken up the matter to investigate the operations of the Institute, which has recently grabbed headlines.