The Dean of the University of Cape Coast Business School, Prof. John Gatsi is threatening legal action against the American classical online news portal, Opera News over wrongly using his picture in a story about the late Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Prof. George Beneh.
The news item which was sourced to gbcghanaonline.com with the headline, “Memorial service held for Former UG Vice-Chancellor, Prof. George Benneh” had Prof. John Gatsi’s photo used as the featured image instead of the late Prof. George Benneh.
In a letter from the lawyer and economist to Opera News as sighted by Awake News, Prof. Gatsi wants the portal to “remove my picture within two hours and apologize and circulate same” adding that a “Failure to act as above will be construed to mean intentional and deliberate which may trigger the appropriate legal action.”
The state-owned media, GBC on its online portal reported that:
“President Akufo-Addo this morning joined hundreds of mourners for the burial of former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Prof. George Benneh.
The solemn event which took place at the Holy Spirit Cathedral in Accra brought together members of academia, family, the legal profession among other dignitaries.
Prof George Benneh died on February 11, at his East Legon residence in Accra. He served as Minister of State in the SMC2 regime, the AFRC regime and in the 3rd Republic. He held portfolios including Lands and Natural Resources, Fuel and Power and served as Minister for Finance in the Liman government.
Prof Benneh was awarded the “Star of Volta” by President John Agyekum Kufuor and is also a Papal Knight of the Catholic Church. He was a University Administrator who served as the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Legon from 1992 to 1996.
He was a Professor and later an Emeritus Professor of Geography and Resource Development at the same University. Between 1979 and 1981. The Widow, Mrs. Adelaide Benneh in a tribute described her late husband as someone who always brings out the best in people.
Delivering the homily, Most. Rev. Joseph Osei Bonsu, the Diocesan Bishop of Konongo Mampong said Prof. Benneh’s life has a number of lessons including endurance of pain and faith in resurrection among many traits.
He asked family members and sympathizers to set their eyes on things above and not things on earth.
The late Professor George Benneh is survived by a wife, Mrs. Adelaide Mary Benneh, six children and seventeen grandchildren.”