Weeks after Dr. Adedayo Akande, President of the University of Health Sciences Antigua (UHSA), refuted claims that the school has closed its operations, Minister of Foreign Affairs Paul “Chet” Greene is accused of trespassing on the property with persons suspected to be investors.
Dr. Akande made the matter public today, April 4, reporting that on April 3, 2022, Minister Greene “and several unauthorized individuals forcefully and illegally entered our campus premises at the University of Health Sciences Antigua.”
He stresses that the visit was made on a Sunday, sometime after 10 a.m., “outside of regular business hours.”
The incident was captured on CCTV cameras and shows the Minister and several other people, including three Asians, going around the Dow Hill campus and making observations.
A police report was reportedly filed today, April 4, along with a sworn statement made by the on-duty security officer. The identity of the security guard is being protected.
When the Minister was informed by the officer that he could not enter the compound, Greene reportedly replied that he would pound the lock off the gate and informed the guard that a police officer was coming to the scene.
No one in the party, including the police officer, had a search warrant. However, they were later allowed onto the grounds after discussions with the university’s secretary.
A request to look around the property later turned into the touring party entering buildings without permission.
Reportedly, they sought private information from the security officer, including asking whether students were showing up for classes.
Greene is also alleged to have made statements to the effect that the university is unable to pay its bills to the Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA).
“I’m unsure what’s going on in our country,” Dr. Akande says in a statement, “but this is becoming ridiculous and can be very damaging to the country for both current and future businesses and investors.”
The Administration is seeking to acquire the Dow Hill, Piccadilly, property that was leased to the University several decades ago.
The Cabinet Notes of two weeks ago claimed that the medical school is defunct, and that plans to have the property returned to the Crown were discussed with the Solicitor General’s Office.
However, in a statement refuting the Executive’s claim, Dr. Akande said that UHSA has been in existence since 1982 and has never stopped instructing students.
He says the pandemic forced students into online studies and that renovation work was being done on campus in order to welcome students back to the physical classroom shortly.