The College of Health and Well-Being, Kintampo (CoHK), has appealed to the Brong Ahafo Regional House of Chiefs to impress on chiefs at Kintampo to halt the indiscriminate sale of land acquired by the college for expansion.
The college has acquired 3,000 acres of land for expansion to enable it to admit more students and also as part of its future plans to turn the college into a fully-fledged world class university of health, but encroachment on the land is a threat to these efforts and vision.
The Director of CoHK, Dr Emmanuel Teye Adjase, who made the appeal, said the situation was getting out of hand as the land was being encroached upon and if the Regional House of Chiefs did not step in, there would not be any land left for that purpose.
Dr Adjase was speaking at a ceremony to celebrate and honour all those whose contributions over the years, enabled the college to win the 2013 International Star for Leadership in Quality (ISLQ) award (Gold Category) in the academia at Kintampo in the Brong Ahafo Region over the weekend.
The award was conferred on the college at the Gala Award Ceremony of the Leadership in Quality Convention held in Paris, France recently by Imagen Arte Imarpress, a leading private international media organisation which had been awarding companies and institutions worldwide for the past 27 years for quality in management, excellence and innovation.
The college was among four educational institutions selected worldwide to receive the ISLQ award (Gold category) in the field of education for the year 2013 in recognition of its commitment to quality management, excellence and innovation.
Dr Adjase in his address pledged that the college would continue to train qualified and well-motivated middle level health professionals to serve in rural and under-served communities across the country.
He commended all, especially the media, teaching and non-teaching staff and certain personalities who through their contributions had enabled the college to attain that international recognition.
The President of the Brong Ahafo Regional House of Chiefs and Yejihene, Pemampem Yaw Kagbrese V, who chaired the function, gave an assurance that the house would take up the matter of encroachment on the college's land with the chiefs in Kintampo.
In his address, Pemampem Kagbrese commended the management, academic board, the teaching and non-teaching staff as well as the entire student body for their role in bringing about this achievement, adding that it should mark the beginning of greater things to happen in the life of the college.
"Most importantly, much as we expect this college to continue to have a global impact, it should also have a significant presence in meeting national and local aspirations in the sense that the region, and of course, the entire country should feel the impact of the existence of this college", Pemampem Kagbrese stated.
"In this regard, the college should offer some solution to the shortage of health professionals, especially in rural communities. It should also give opportunity for more of our youth to acquire the needed skills to feed into the larger national requirement", he added.
By Samuel Duodu/Daily Graphic/Ghana