A 28-member governing council for the University of Ghana (UG), Legon was inaugurated in Accra yesterday.
The new governing council has Professor Kwamina Ahwoi as its chairman. Other members include the new Vice-Chancellor of UG, Prof. Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, Archbishop Duncan Williams, Dr. Esther Ofei-Aboagye, Prof. Mahama Duwiejua and Ambassador Fati Habib-Jawula.
The council is responsible for the governance of UG by ensuring the attainment of its vision of becoming a world-class research-intensive university over the next decade.
It is also expected to create the enabling environment for the implementation of the 2014-2024 Strategic Plan of university.
Swearing them into office, the Minister of Education, Prof. Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang expressed government’s appreciation to the past council members for devoting their time and energy to serve the university.
She also commended the new council members for accepting the president’s appointment to serve on the council.
Prof. Opoku-Agyemang urged the incoming council to establish a good working relationship with their predecessors as they continue to provide the policy direction and support to secure human and equipment resources to advance academic work.
She also urged them to assist management to surmount the numerous challenges confronting UG.
Prof. Opoku-Agyemang charged them to comply with the functions of the council as stated in the UG Act, 2010 (Act 806).
She commended UG for complementing government’s efforts through the various initiatives on campus.
“It is highly commendable that significant improvements have occurred in staff capacity through staff development schemes that have resulted in increases in the number of lecturers with PhDs”, she added.
Prof. Opoku-Agyemang disclosed that a total of GH¢37million had been released to the Controller and Accountant General’s Department to be disbursed to all beneficiaries as Book and Research Allowance for the 2015/2016 academic year.
“The establishment of the Tertiary Education Research Fund is on course and cabinet has conveyed approval for its establishment and the bill is presently at parliament to be considered”, she added.
Prof. Opoku-Agyemang said, as part of measures to address shortage of staff at the universities, polytechnics and colleges of education, government had granted approval for the recruitment of 1,018 staff for the public tertiary institutions to augment the increasing numbers of students into the institutions.
Prof. Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, Vice-Chancellor of UG urged the new council to work with the basic laws governing the university and reiterated his commitment to collaborate and work effectively with the council to achieve the goals of UG.
On his part, Prof. Kwamina Ahwoi, Chairman of UG Governing Council, pledged their support to work hard to overcome the current challenges facing the university, stressing that; they would work towards achieving the vision of the founding fathers.
According to him, UG was responsible for nurturing past and current leaders for the country and reiterated their resolve to provide the needed direction for UG to become a world class university.
By Joseph Edu Archison and Kingsley Tefuttor