The Professorship being conferred on Professor Stephen Adei has been challenged as there are allegations the old Professor has not gained the recognition Academically.
Ghanaian-American Journalist Kelvin Taylor made this allegation saying the Professorship was being conferred on him by African Leadership Forum in Zimbabwe.
Kelvin said Prof Adei made this revelation after he was being questioned by a court of competent Jurisdiction on how he got the title of a professor.
He indicated that the forum conferred the title on Stephen Adei as a Professor and not by an Academic Laurel.
Kelvin added , that the Africa Leadership Forum was not accredited to confer professorship on Stephen Adei.
He called on the Professor to give evidence of his laurels and the University that conferred Professorship on him.
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Historical Antecedent (2007)
The New Punch newspaper reports that the Rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Prof Stephen Adei has written to the GIMPA Council to award him the position of a Full Professor.
In a publication in the Monday, October 1, 2007 issue of the newspaper, the story refers to an application letter to the Council which was written on the letterhead of Prof. Adei.
The report says in the letter, Prof. Adei wrote that he is an Adjunct Professor of the African Leadership and Management Academy (ALMA), adding that being the principal officer of GIMPA, which the Rector is, and the fact that he presides over-assessments and recommendations for the professorship, he meets the academic requirements of a professor for the institute, and therefore, he should be appointed to the position.
The letter dated September 4, 2007, was addressed to the Deputy Rector and Dean of Academic Affairs.
Professor Adei’s application avers that in considering someone for the appointment of a professor four (4) categories or categories arc considered for a full professorship at GIMPA viz:
i. Service 25 points.
ii. Teaching & Supervision – 35 points.
iii. Being in a Senior position up to 5 years – 45 points.
iv. Research and publication – 45 points.
He thus drew the attention of the Deputy Rector, that a full professor is expected to score a total of 75 points.
According to him, his application is supported by the fact that he has rendered meritorious service for the country culminating in his recognition by the State which has awarded him the Companion of the Order of the Volta Medal.
He contended that the state honour is the second-highest recognition for his work at GIMPA and contribution to the nation, besides the transformation of GIMPA under his leadership.
He also cites his marriage life saying he has been married to his wife for 32 years and has published more than 10 books on the subject.
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On education, he said, he spends a lot of time talking to young people in schools each year and out of limited resources, he and the wife have founded the first-ever not-for-profit Senior Secondary School – The Ghana Christian International High School – in which hundreds of young people arc being trained “For God, Family and Country.
Among others, he asserted that following his book ‘Twelve Keys to Financial Success” he had spoken to millions of Ghanaians on TV, through radio and face to face and assisted thousands of people in and outside Ghana to save and invest out of poverty at the lower end and to achieve financial independence at the other.
He also cited the fact that in an age when many people, particularly, the youth, lack guidance and hope, he provides guidance to several thousand, which he believes, have brought tremendous assistance to many.
“I personally designed the Masters in Business programmes which in seven years, have propelled GIMPA to be the only Ghanaian School to qualify for membership of the prestigious African Association of Business Schools.”
Meanwhile, Joy News has learned that while the GIMPA Council is meeting this morning, October 1, 2007, to consider the letter, the Council has written to him to stop holding himself as a professor.
Historical Antecedent (16/01/2008)
Mr Egbert Faibille, Managing Editor of the Ghanaian Observer Newspaper on Wednesday told an Accra Fast Track High Court that the African Leadership and Management Academy (ALMA) based in Zimbabwe did not confer any professorial title on Dr Stephen Adei as he claimed.
Dr Adei is the Rector of Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA).
Mr Faibille said his checks on ALMA revealed that the institution was affiliated to the University of Zimbabwe and a “Holy Spirit Filled” one and had not conferred professorship on Dr Adei who was holding himself up as such.
Mr Faibille who is also a lawyer was in the dock as a witness and was led in evidence by his Counsel, Mr Anthony Amo Ayaw.
Mr Faibille who is the plaintiff had filed a suit at the High Court 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 the plaintiff included an order by the court to restrain Dr 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 a suitable replacement found.
The rest is that damages should also be awarded against the first defendant for deceiving the entire GIMPA institution, governing council and the fraud that he had perpetrated on the people of Ghana.
He said the Board of Governors appointed the first defendant as the rector of GIMPA on October 1, 1999, for a five-year term, which ended on October 1, 2004.
He said when his term ended Dr Adei wrote to the Governing Council to renew his contract and since 2004 no letter had been given to him for re-appointment.
He said the only thing that had allowed Dr Adei to stay in office up till now was a letter given to him to act as the rector of GIMPA.
Mr Faibille also said the first time that he heard that Dr Adei had been appointed a professor was when he read the July 5, 2002 edition of the Daily Graphic that professorship had been conferred on him from an institution in Zimbabwe.
He said according to the academic and the Governing Board of GIMPA a person could only be confirmed as a professor when he had applied formally to the council or earned it through his publications.
He said if a person was already appointed as a professor from another institution the applicant would have to submit his works to the governing council to go through before he could be appointed as such.
Mr Faibille said Dr Adei had failed to do so.
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