The National Chairman of the Teachers and Educational Workers Union (TEWU), Peter K. Lumor and the Chief finance Officer, James Azortibar, have been sued jointly over allegations of misappropriation of funds.
They are also to be restrained from chairing the delegate’s conference being held in Kumasi from 25th of August 2019.
Hearing for the case which was filed by the vice-chairman of the Gt. Accra Region and chairman of the University of Ghana Medical School Branch of TEWU, Effah-Baffo-Gyamfi, began on Friday, 23rd August 2019, and he is prayed the court to make the national chairman of the Union and the Chief Financial officer refund an amount of Gh¢279, 000.00 with interest as recommended by a committee set up by the National Executive Committee (NEC) to investigate various allegations leveled against the two.
Reports available indicate that an emergency meeting of the national Executive committee held on Wednesday, 10th April 2013 to investigate the level of funeral expenditures and other related matters after the demise of the late General secretary, Mohammadu Seidu Bogobiri committee investigations report and findings recommended that the chief financial officer should refund the said amount of money and other expenses he claims to have made on the funeral and the withdrawal of funds from the solidarity fund without the approval of the national Executive committee (NEC).
The plaintiff also prayed the court to restrain the National chairman, Mr. Peter K. Lumor from chairing the national delegate’s conference to enable delegates discuss issues related to the misappropriation of funds and other matters pertaining to his office since both acts of misconduct constitute a constitutional breach.
Article‘26’ of the constitution showed that 2% of the total dues revenue to the national union shall be set aside every month to build a solidarity fund which shall be administered on the direction of NEC, but both of them failed to adhere to these constitutional arrangements and withdrew monies from the account without the national Executive Committee’s approval.
The lawyer for the defendants Mr.Limann Mohammed on the other hand challenged the motion filed against them saying Mr. Effah Baffo-Gyamfi does not have the capacity to sue them as a local executive member but the presiding judge Justice Ackah Boafohowever failed to make a ruling due to the late appearance of the case particularly on restraining the chairman from chairing the conference but said the case will be determined and a ruling made while the conference continues.
He however asked the chairman, Mr. Peter K.Lumor to be mindful of his arbiter and conduct as the case continues.
Lawyer for the plaintiff Mr. Livingstone on his part argued that there are no available channels available for the issues to be determined hence he chose the court as an appropriate forum for redress since both the chairman and the chief financial officer have failed to date to abide by the recommendations of the committee established by the national Executive Committee of the union.
The case is adjourned to Tuesday, 27th August, 2019
Report available from the findings and investigations by the five member committee chaired by Mr. Robert Zanutey recommended among other things that “the Chief Finance Officer, Mr. James Azortibah could still not sufficiently account for the withdrawals from the 2% solidarity fund account. We recommend that the three members; the National Chairman, Mr. Peter K. Lumor, the Chief finance Officer, Mr.James Azortibar, and the late Gen. sec. to refund Ghc 219,700.00 of the 2% solidarity fund account”
The Committee also noted that there was gross disregard of constitutional provisions in the application of the fund and recommended “NEC prescribes disciplinary action against the signatories of the account (Brother Peter Lumor and the late M.S.Bogobiri) as well as the Chief Finance Officer (Bro. James Azortibah for failure to act prudently).
Our sources revealed that regional executives across the regions are already aggrieved over purported level of expenditure made by the executives at the ongoing congress in Kumasi per the budget of Gh¢ 3million provided for the conference.
Information available showed that the national chairman and the chief financial officer budgeted an amount of Ghc 1.5 million for the ten regional conferences and the main conference is also 1.5 million making a total of 3million Ghana cedis which is yet to be accounted for.