February 25, 2011
Anaji (WR), Feb. 25, GNA - A 14-member Governing Council was on Thursday inaugurated to oversee the affairs of the Community University College (CUC), a private university in the Sekondi-Takoradi metropolis of the Western region.
They are: Professor J. S. K. Ayim, former Vice Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology as council chairman, Professor Francis Amedahe, University Principal, Dr. Samuel Ndru, member, Dr. I.V Oppong, member, Dr. Anthony Aubyn, member and Dr. Linda Vanotoo member and Regional Director of Health Services.
The rest of the members are Ogyeahoho Yaw Gyebi 11, Omanhene of Sefwi Anhwiaso, Nan Kwabena Angu 11 Paramount Chief of Awudua, Mrs. Rebecca Efiba Dadzie, and Western Regional Director of Education, Mr Patrick Paintsil, Mr Benjamin Ackaah-Gyasi, legal practitioner, Mr Felix Abbey, Mr Ayyub Morgan and Mr Mike Ampim Sackey member.
The Inauguration of the Governing Council was paramount since it was a functional condition for granting final accreditation by the National Accreditation Board (NAB) to a tertiary institution.
His Lordship, Justice Akrowiah, High Court Judge, Sekondi charged council members to see the oath as a biding proclamation and called on them to be committed to duty and ensure the growth of the University college.
The CUC formed part of the "Asare Oppong School Complex" a group of educational facilities in the region and was duly registered on February 29, 2009 having complied with the provisions in the company code of Ghana, (1963).
It was therefore awarded a certificate to commence business after authentication by the registrar of companies.
Mr Ayyub Morgan, Registrar of CUC noted that the university had a three-year authorization from the NAB to commence and continue its preparation for final accreditation.
He added that so far a number of programmes had been already assessed by panelists from NAB and the college would run courses in three faculties, namely Business, Science and Nursing to award degrees whiles Diploma and certificate programmes would also be introduced.
"We have already paid in full our affiliation fees to the University of Ghana whiles an experienced University Professor of pedagogy has been appointed as the Principal", he added.
The University facilities according Mr Morgan had been completed and have lecture rooms, Auditorium, book and e-library, computer science laboratory, nurses demonstrational and skills development laboratory and Offices with internet connectivity.
Ms Betty Bosomtwi-Sam, Deputy Western Regional Minister lauded the efforts of private stakeholders in education for their contribution towards the human resource base of the economy.
A university in the Twin-city was long overdue and the coming into being of the CUC will help in training the manpower needs of the region particularly with the oil and gas find and therefore tasked them to organize courses in that sector to meet the current demands.
"I am actually over-whelmed, to say the least, the progress the college has made so far. I wish to congratulate the founder, the governing Council and management for what have been achieved", she added.
Ms Bosomtwi-Sam noted that hard work and perseverance always paid and urged the council to work hard to complete preparations, which would enable the University to start its programmes in September.
Mr Joseph Ben Asmah, Headmaster of Sekondi College, who chaired the programme, urged the university not to compromise on academic standards in the interest of profits, "I urge you to churn out graduate who can solve the teething socio-economic issues of our time."