4th End of Year and New Year Services held for Staff of the University

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Prof Kuma Delivering the End of Year Message to Staff
Prof Kuma Delivering the End of Year Message to Staff

The University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), Tarkwa has held the 4th End of Year Service for 2019 and the New Year Service for 2020 for all staff of the University. The purpose of which was to assemble as one family to thank God for steering the affairs of all staff and the University in general throughout the year 2019 and to rekindle the spirit of togetherness amongst the staff for the year 2020.

At the service to end the year 2019, the Acting Chaplain, Dr Richard Amorin preached on the theme “Acknowledging the Grace of God”. He based his sermon on the first letter of Paul to the Corinthians Chapter 15:8-10 and emphasised that the Apostle Paul brings to bear that the grace of God is the source of all abilities and successes. For the work of the Grace of God does not discriminate and is available to all and that the Grace of God also gives all the ability to work harder beyond ones assumed limits.

 

He encouraged members to work with the common goal of moving the University forward and indicated that it was therefore needful for all to acknowledge and appreciate the works of God’s grace for all the achievements that the had brought to individuals and the University as a whole in the year 2019.

The Vice Chancellor, Prof J. S. Y. Kuma, in his end of year message thanked all members of staff for their continuous support to management in advancing the transformation of the University. He acknowledged the fact that the efforts of members of staff continue to improve year in year out and encouraged them to keep it up.

Dr Richard Amorin
Dr Richard Amorin

Prof Kuma reported that in the cause of the year, two important events conducted by two Regulatory Bodies took place in the University. The first was undertaken by the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE) Audit Team in August, 2019. Their report made some positive comments on the way things were done in the University. They were highly impressed about the fact that although UMaT had a rather lean management structure, the affairs of the University were still run very well. The second event was the Cyclical Institutional Review of the University conducted by a Team from the National Accreditation Board (NAB).  The Team also commended UMaT on a lot of good things the University was doing. These positive comments according to Prof Kuma were a reflection of the efforts all staff put in for the stability and growth of UMaT. He therefore hoped that all staff would continue to put in their very best to move UMaT to higher levels in the coming years.

At the service to start the first working day for the year 2020, Dr Richard Amorin exhorted members on the theme “Adopting Positive Mindset for transformational Change in 2020”. His message was drawn from Romans 11:36; 12:1-5;18. According to him, the Apostle Paul told the church in Rome that all things were created for God’s glory and therefore urged the people to offer their bodies as living sacrifices that were holy and pleasing to God. This was because it was their reasonable way of service unto the Lord. Apostle Paul again told them that the nature of the sacrifice must be holy and acceptable to God. Dr Amorin admonished members to render the acceptable way of service to the University by avoiding the evil ways of doing things by the world, but instead continually be transformed by the renewing of their minds. As a University, he indicated that the staff should also cultivate a positive mindset on a daily basis on how to improve upon the system and help each other to succeed.

Some of the Members of Staff at the Service
Some of the Members of Staff at the Service

The Vice Chancellor, Prof J. S. Y. Kuma in his New Year’s Message to the staff emphasised that as a people who were always quality minded and knowing the goodness of God, he was optimistic that 2020 would be a better year for the University. “My dear co-workers let us continue to reinforce the core of our mandate; which is teaching, research and community service so that we can position ourselves well in this year 2020 with confidence and dynamism”, Prof Kuma emphasised.

According to him, 2020 promises to be a good year for their University because there was some growing confidence in all staff and that with hard work and commitment, all would succeed in making UMaT a truly best public funded University in Ghana. He prayed that as all staff journeyed through the year 2020, it was his prayer that through teamwork, relentless efforts and with unity of purpose, UMaT will exceed her goals.

 

 

Source: Paul Y. A. Yeboah, Head, University Relations Office

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