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I have not named any complex after my hometown - Prof Adei

Accra, March 18 GNA - Dr Stephen Adei, Rector of Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), on Tuesday denied claims by Mr James Agaagar, Counsel for Mr Egbert Faibille, that he had named a building complex at GIMPA after his hometown "Wiamoase" without approval from the Governing Council.

He said there was no complex in GIMPA that he had named after his hometown.

Dr Adei was continuing with his evidence during cross-examination by Mr Agaagar.

He also refuted allegations by Counsel for plaintiff that he had written several letters to challenge the GIMPA Governing Council when they stopped him from using the professorship title. He said has appointment as the Council's approved rector of GIMPA. He denied charges by Mr Agaagar that he (Dr Adei) had accused the Chairman of the GIMPA Governing Council of being the one who had asked him not to use the professorship title.

Prof Adei said all the witnesses who had testified in the case so far had addressed him as Prof. Adei and they had not questioned his qualification as the Rector of GIMPA.

Meanwhile Mr Egbert Faibille, the Plaintiff in the case has filed an interlocutory injunction at an Accra High Court to restrain the GIMPA Governing Council and the Institute from conferring a professorship title on Prof Adei until the determination of the substantive case. In an affidavit in support of the motion for the interlocutory injunction, Mr Agaagar prayed the court to restrain the two respondents whether by themselves, their agents or servants from taking any step to confirm or appoint Prof Adei to the position of professor under any guise at GIMPA on the grounds contained in the accompanying affidavit. He said the first defendant, whether by design of fate or otherwise had applied per a letter dated September 4, 2007 to the Council and the Institute through the Deputy Rector of GIMPA for the confirmation of Prof Adei as a full professor of GIMPA, which application letter had been admitted in evidence in court.

The facts are that Mr Faibille, Managing Editor of "The Ghanaian Observer" Newspaper has filled a suit at the High Court in his capacity as a citizen of Ghana against three defendants including Dr Stephen Adei, Rector of GIMPA as the first defendant, and the GIMPA Governing Council as the second defendant and the GIMPA Institution as the third defendant.

Among the relieves sought by Mr Faibille include an order by the court to restrain Prof Adei from holding himself as a professor and Rector of GIMPA, that the Governing Council of GIMPA should advertise the vacant position in the media and to select a suitable replacement. The rest are that damages should also be awarded against Prof Adei for deceiving the entire GIMPA Institution, Governing Council and the fraud that he had perpetrated on the people of Ghana. Meanwhile case has been adjourned to April 16, 2008.

Source: GNA

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