Mr Nyarko (2nd Right) making the Presentation to a Representative of the Community
Institutions of higher learning apart from teaching and research are noted for their support to their communities including provision of essential services. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought forth the need for our communities to be supported as never before. It is in the light of this that the Ghana Association of University Administrators (GAUA) has made a modest contribution to fight this pandemic. Membership of this Association, among others includes: Medical Officers/Consultants/specialists, Pharmacists/Laboratory Technologists, and other health professionals. These categories of staff of public universities are the frontline health workers who are currently providing specialised services to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the universities and their surrounding communities.
In addition to the above, GAUA is also supporting the fight through its other members, namely Administrative staff including Registrars, Finance Officers, Estate Officers, Security Experts, Counsellors, among others, who are providing important and essential services to keep the university structures, facilities and municipal services running in the midst of the lockdown. For example, ICT staff are working to ensure that the University ICT infrastructural facilities function. This is to ensure that the necessary ICT platforms are available to support e-learning during the lockdown period.
The National President of GAUA Mr Kwame Yeboah Jr (R) presenting a Cheque of GHS15000.00 to the Ashanti Regional Minister Mr Samuel Osei Mensah (L)
In addition to these critical services as mentioned above, to fight this global pandemic, the National Executive Committee (NEC) of GAUA (Administrative/ Professional Senior Members of public universities) has made a cash donation of GH₵ 15,000.00 to the COVID-19 Trust Fund. The above donation forms part of GAUA’s corporate strategies and community impact project put together to commemorate 40 years of the establishment of the Association this year.
In a related development, the UMaT local branch of the Association made a modest donation of quantities of Veronica Buckets, gallons of liquid soap and some tissue paper valued at GH₵ 2,000.00 to the elders and people of Camp City (Nkanponase), a Community in the catchment area of UMaT.
A Representative of the Community making a Remark at the Ceremony
Making the presentation on behalf of the Association, Mr Francis Nyarko, President of the Association at UMaT branch indicated that since the University was within the Camp City community, Members of the Association thought it wise to make the donation as the Association’s widow’s mite to help the community towards their efforts at preventing the COVID-19. Receiving the items on behalf of the Community, the Tufohene, Nana Tanoh, who stood in for the Chief of the Community, thanked members of the Association for their kind gesture and called for more support from other organisations. On his part, Hon Bismarck Kusi, the Assembly Member of the Camp City Electoral Area and a staff of UMaT, thanked GAUA for the show of love for the community and called for more of such support from other Associations.
Source: Paul Y. A. Yeboah, Head, University Relations Office