The Minister of Education, Hon. Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, has urged two newly-established universities to be mindful of their core mandates as reflected in their names and work assiduously towards achieving them, and to ensure that they provide the strategic direction needed for their university to remain true to this path.
He made these remarks when he inaugurated, on behalf of the President, the governing councils of the two new universities at a brief ceremony in Accra.
In November 2018, President Akufo-Addo, speaking at the 25th graduation ceremony of the University for Development Studies (UDS) in Tamale, announced that Cabinet had given approval for the Wa and Navrongo campuses of the university to become autonomous universities.
The C.K. Tedam University of Technology and Applied Sciences and the S. D. Dombo University of Business and Integrated Development Studies were thus established respectively by Parliament in 2019 in this direction.
Dr. Prempeh further urged the two councils to ensure the prudent use of the universities’ financial resources to ensure that it is getting value for money. This means a keen oversight and the adherence to rigorous financial and accounting principles.
He reminded them that they were ultimately responsible for the financial health of the university.
“Your charge is to ensure peace and stability for a conducive atmosphere to enable academic work to proceed smoothly. That conducive atmosphere should have as its principal aim the building of a tent that is accommodating, diverse and tolerant. A university campus must not serve as the breeding grounds for violence, unsocial behaviour or ethnic division because it is the grooming ground for future leaders of this country,” he reminded them.
The Council of the C.K Tedam University of Technology and Applied Sciences is chaired by Prof. Gordon Akanzuwine, while the S. D. Dombo University of Business and Integrated Development Studies council is chaired by Prof. Felix Dapare Dakora.
Officials present at the event included Prof. Kwesi Yankah, Minister of State in charge of Tertiary Education, Mrs. Gifty Twum-Ampofo, Deputy Minister of Education (TVET), Mr. Benjamin Gyasi, Chief Director, Ministry of Education and Prof. Mohammed Salifu, Executive Secretary of the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE).