UMaT to Partner Chiefs and People of Akyem Afosu and other Stakeholders to Set up a Satellite Campus at Akyem Afosu in the Eastern Region

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A Group Picture of the Afosu Delegation and the UMaT Team1
A Group Picture of the Afosu Delegation and the UMaT Team

A delegation from Akyem Afosu in the Eastern Region has paid a working visit to UMaT to follow up on a request for setting up a Satellite Campus of the University at Akyem Afosu. The delegation was led by the Chief of Akyem Afosu, Nana Kofi Owusu Amoh III and was accompanied by some of his Elders, some Officials from Newmont Gold Corp Ghana, Officials of the Birim North District Assembly, Officials of the District Education Office and some opinion leaders. According to Nana, they were in UMaT to follow up on the request and to see the way forward with the project.

Welcoming the delegation, the Vice Chancellor, Prof J. S. Y. Kuma informed them that the University Council had approved the request and that UMaT was ready to work with the stakeholders to get the Satellite Campus set up at Akem Afosu, if only the issues raised in the report submitted by the Committee the University set up to propose a strategy for the smooth take off of the campus were adequately addressed. These included a list of specific laboratory equipment and quantities required for training students at the campus; proposing the required additional infrastructure to fill infrastructural gaps identified by the committee; estimating the cost of administrative functions, including transportation, stationery, computers etc required to facilitate the smooth running of the administration of the Campus.

Prof Kuma indicated that the start-up funds required for the operationalisation of the campus was estimated at three million, six hundred and fifty-six thousand, eight hundred and ten Ghana Cedis, six pesewas (GH¢ 3,656,810.06). Prof Kuma also suggested to the Chiefs to consider bringing on board the Political representatives from the area into the process of fund raising. 

The Executive Director of the Newmont Akyem Development Fund, Mr Paul Apenu informed the house that, the Board of the Fund had in principle approved for the project to take off. He, therefore, requested that the financial proposals should be forwarded to their office for consideration. He also suggested that all the other stakeholders should be allowed to do a broader consultation with their members and report back to the University. He further informed the meeting that Newmont had already a plan in place to establish a Technical and Vocational Institute in the area and so they would go back and submit a report on their proposed institute and the courses to run for UMaT to consider.

After a lengthy discussion on the various options for funding, it was agreed that UMaT will prepare and submit the amount of funds that would be needed to kick start the project for the first year and that the stakeholders would also consult on the tenets of the MoU to be signed and that UMaT will also provide a road map in the next 5 weeks for consideration by both parties. It was also agreed that the proposed name of the campus would be UMaT Akyem Campus, Afosu.

Also present at the meeting were Assoc Prof V. A. Temeng, the Pro Vice Chancellor, Mr A. K. Doku, the Registrar, Dr George Agyei, Chairman of the Committee of the Operationalisation of the Educational Infrastructure, Dr Isaaka Yakubu, Member of the Committee, Papa Yaw Attobrah, Head of Development and Maintenance Unit and Mr Paul Yeboah, the University Relations Officer.

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