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Leave my father out - VC's Son

Accra, May 16, GNA - "I am a 23 year-old man, an adult and a final year student of the University, who is answerable for all my actions, Mr Kwadwo Tabiri Asenso-Okyere, son of the Vice- Chancellor of the University of Ghana, said on Monday.

Mr Asenso-Okyere, who is at the centre of the leakage of examination papers in the last Semester Examinations of the University, said: "I am, therefore, at a loss as to the motive for the persistent efforts to drag my father into this whole issue."

A statement singed by Mr Asenso-Okyere and copied to GNA said: "I am very disheartened about the relentless efforts by some forces to pull my father into this whole affair."

He said: "Until I confessed at the Mfodwo Committee, my parents and siblings did not know anything about my involvement in the examination malpractice."

Mr Asenso-Okyere also known, as K. T., said there was nowhere in the Mfodwo Committee Report that Professor Kwadwo Asenso-Okyere was mentioned: "I am, therefore, at a loss as to the motive for the persistent effort to drag my father into this whole issue."

Mr Asenso-Okyere said he wanted to add his voice to that of well meaning Ghanaians, who believed that justice and fair play should be the guiding principles in the handling of the issue and to leave his father out.

He said: "I want to place on record that I have never travelled out of the country since last semester, that I cooperated with the Mfodwo Committee and I have started appearing before the Disciplinary Committee."

Mr Asenso-Okyere apologised to the University for his involvement in the leakage, which has brought the institution into disrepute.

Source: GNA

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