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24.02.2007 General News

Ghanaians Must Aspire For Excellence - Prez

By Samuel Amoako, Koforidua

President J.A. Kufuor has urged Ghanaians to aspire for excellence as the nation begins the next 50 years of development. President Kufuor was speaking at first graduation ceremony of the All Nations University College here yesterday.

One hundred and forty five graduands received degrees in various disciplines including computer science, administration, business, religious studies.

The President noted that, 'somewhere along the line in our national development, Ghanaians became careless and mediocrity affected our national life in the process.

As the nation begins the next 50 years of the attainment of its independence, 'we must recover that ingrained desire for excellence.'

He said institutions like the All Nations University College were in the better position to advance that cause by getting the highest possible standards for their students who are the future leaders.

He therefore urged students to make excellence their hallmark which required self-discipline, hard work and understanding of the world around them.

He said the university with its mother, SRN University in India should make it a policy to encourage exchange programmes not only at the institutional level but also at the student level to build cordial and functional relations.

The President noted that the programmes being offered by the university such as electronics, computer engineering and biomedical sciences were some of the most relevant and sought – after in today’s world, adding that training in those fields would enable students to secure gainful employment.

President Kufuor pledged a one billion-cedi donation to the school on behalf of the government.

The President of the University, Dr. Samuel Donkor, expressed gratitude to the government for its support in diverse ways.

He pledged the university’s unflinching support to the government’s human resource development efforts, and added that research has been the cornerstone of the university since its establishment in 2002.

He said the university will help to train citizens who will be diligent and committed to Ghana’s development process.

The Omanhene of New Juaben Traditional Area, Daasebre (Dr) Oti Boateng, chaired the function.