Hon Joe Ghartey and Prof Kuma Signing the MoU
The University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), Tarkwa has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Railways Development to develop the Railways Training School into an accredited Institution of higher learning for the award of certificates and diplomas. The collaboration is also aimed at transforming the Railways Training School into a degree awarding university in the future.
At a ceremony held at Sekondi to sign the MoU, the Minister for Railways Development, Honourable Joe Ghartey indicated that it was a great day for the Ministry and the University of Mines and Technology, Tarkwa. Providing an insight into what the Ministry does, Honourable Ghartey recounted the history of the Railways sector from the colonial era to present day. He lamented on how the sector was left to rot as a result of lack of adequate investment over the years. He stated that some people have taken part in dissipating the properties of the sector such as rail lines which were sold as scrap and wanton grabbing of the railway lands which has brought the sector to its current state.
He indicated that since 2017 the sector has seen monumental improvements and revamping of the rail lines. He praised the staff of the sector for showing faith with the Ministry and for the good work they were doing to help the Ministry to revamp the railways sector. He was hopeful that the signing of the MoU will lead to the development of the railway sector and its infrastructure.
The Minister of Railways Development, Honourable Joe Ghartey signed the MoU on behalf of the Ministry whilst the Vice Chancellor of UMaT, Prof Kuma did same for UMaT.
Prof Kuma Delivering His Speech
The Vice Chancellor of UMaT, Prof J. S. Y. Kuma in his remarks indicated that in October, 2017 the Minister for Railways Development was invited to be the Special Guest of Honour at the University’s Alumni Association’s Annual Alumni Lecture on the topic: “Ghana’s Railway Infrastructure Development: Challenges and Opportunities for the Minerals Industry in Ghana”. And it was during this period that the Minister brought the idea to release the Railway training school to UMaT to be used as a campus for discussion although the University had planned to ask him for the release of the facilities. According to Prof Kuma, it was the positive results of the discussions that had culminated in the signing of the MoU. He promised that, UMaT will do everything possible to carry out the tenets of the MoU. Prof Kuma explained that, the tenets of the MoU permit UMaT to use the Railways School facilities in Esikado as its campus to run certain academic programmes. He mentioned that programmes such as MSc Engineering Management, MSc Business and Technology Management, BSc Mechanical Engineering, BSc Electrical and Electronic Engineering, BSc Computer Science and Engineering, BSc Environment and Safety Engineering, BSc Geomatic Engineering, Certificate courses in Innovative Service Management, Entrepreneurship and SME Finance, Project Management, Strategic Human Resource Management, Small Scale Mine and Quarry Administration, Railway Engineering (Plant and Maintenance Option, Welding and Fabrication Option and Electrical Option) will be run on the campus.
The Paramount Chief of the Esikado Traditional Area, Nana Kobina Nketia V, was full of praise for the partnership that was being established between the Ministry and UMaT. He was hopeful that the collaboration will yield positive results in the near future. Nana Nketia said that he was happy about the fact that the collaboration was being established with an indigenous University like UMaT, which according to him, is undeniably one of the best Universities in the World. He also expressed his joy about the fact that the renovation works were also being executed by local contractors.
Present at the ceremony from UMaT were the Chairman of UMaT Council, Dr S. S. Yirenkyi, the Registrar, Mr A. K. Doku, the Dean of the Faculty of Integrated Management Science, Prof Newton Amegbey, the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Prof Anthony Simons, the Head of Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Dr Solomon Nunoo and the University Relations Officer, Mr Paul Yeboah.
Source: Paul Y. A. Yeboah, (Head, University Relations Office)