All Nations Varsity partners Assembly to recycle waste

The President of All Nations University College (ANUC), Dr Samuel Donkor has announced that the university in collaboration with New Juaben North Municipal Assembly and Zoomlion Ghana Limited has entered into a Public Private Partnership (PPP) to recycle waste generated in the municipality.

It is also to give a boost to government’s policy of One District, One Factory (1D1F).

Dr Donkor disclosed this during the 22nd Graduation ceremony of the university at Koforidua on Saturday.

He said the university has released land to enable Zoomlion to build its regional offices, mobile recycling plant for solid waste, liquid waste treatment plant, sanitation management and other facilities.

He further revealed that through the ANUC-Zoomlion partnership, the university would train sanitation experts for the country and sub-region as a whole.

“The partnership will establish the Zoomlion School of Environmental and Agricultural Sciences, which will begin with two initial programmes covering the Department of Environmental Sciences (Bachelor of Engineering in Environmental Sciences) and Department of Agriculture (Bachelor of Engineering in Food Processing Engineering,” he stated.

According to Dr Donkor, for a nation to thrive, PPP was key, hence the initiative to help the government achieve its 1D1F agenda successfully.

The President of ANUC stated that the two programmes which would be rolled out tie into the Sustainable Development Goals, which included Sanitation and Agriculture, adding that; “Sanitation is key to the health of the nation and a driving force to Ghana’s prosperity and agriculture is the backbone of Ghana’s economy, hence programmes in these two areas would ensure a healthy nation and enhance food security.

“If Ghana is to achieve these goals by 2030, education and skills development were key, therefore there was the need for quality higher education for our country and for the entire continent.”

He noted that the theme for the ceremony “Pursuing Excellence in Higher Education through Science and Technology for achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)” was apt, adding that the university was doing its best to help achieve them.
Dr Donkor stated that since 2012, the University has undertaking projects that were focused on promoting the SDGs among which included the launching of the GhanaSat-1, organised outreach programme on science, technology, mathematics, engineering and innovations.

He assured that the university would continue to do its best to contribute its quota to the development of the youth and the country as a whole.

The vice president and country manager of KOSMOS Energy Ghana, Mr Joe Mensah stated that the vehicle to achieve the SDGs was science and technology, adding that these heavily rely on Information, Communication and Technology (ICT).

“We cannot progress if as a nation lag behind in this spectrum. Technology is driving everything we do today. You cannot talk about technology without considering innovation.”

Mr Mensah therefore called on the government and all stakeholders to help bridge the gap and ensure that the whole country was technologically inclined.

Professor K. Preko who spoke on behalf of the Vice Chancellor of KNUST advised the graduands to adapt and master soft skills that would complement the knowledge they have acquired, saying “it would enable you succeed in their endeavours”.

About 450 students graduated with degrees in Biomedical Engineering, Accounting, Banking and Finance, Entrepreneurship, Human Resource Management, Marketing, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electronicsand Communication Engineering, Oil and Gas Engineering and Biblical Studies.

James Nana Acquah-Yalley received overall best student.


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