UMaT and the Ministry of Railways Development Hold Stakeholders Meeting with Members of the Western Region House of Chiefs at the UMaT School of Railways and Infrastructure Development, Essikado

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Prof Kuma Delivering His Address
Prof Kuma Delivering His Address

The University of Mines and Technology in association with the Ministry of Railways Development have held a stakeholders’ meeting with the Chiefs and people of the Western Region to discuss the progress of the UMaT School of Railways and Infrastructure Development and the way forward at the Campus at Essikado. The meeting was also used to showcase the progress of the Ministry of Railways Development’s activities, achievements, and challenges in the Region.

The Vice Chancellor of UMaT, Prof J. S. Y. Kuma, in his opening remarks announced that all the necessary meetings to remove all bottlenecks to have a smooth take-off of the school have been held.

Prof Kuma said the School would run programmes such as BSc Mechanical Engineering, BSc Electrical and Electronic Engineering, BSc Computer Science and Engineering, BSc Geometric Engineering, BSc Geological Engineering and BSc Environmental and Safety Engineering. He indicated further that the school would also offer BSc/Diploma Railways Engineering and other engineering programmes in the 2021/2022 academic year. He informed the meeting that relevant short courses in management would also be mounted in due course, starting first as certificate programmes and upgrading to diploma and degree programmes later. Additionally, certificate Programmes in workshop practice both Mechanical and Electrical would soon be mounted.

Prof Kuma pointed out that the existence of the School would lead to the direct and indirect increase in the economic fortunes of the community, adding “I am happy to say that the School is open to engage some qualified members of the community as staff of the school”.

He assured the meeting that as a University with a proud track record as the best publicly funded University in Ghana as far as science and engineering were concerned, the School will be hinged on the same values of Knowledge, Truth, and Excellence and further said that UMaT would place value on research and innovation which were the main pillars in the training of UMaT’s students. “The quality of engineering education we give to our students makes them critical thinkers and so we shall be committed to ensuring that the students who will be admitted here would put in the energy and passion in their academic work”, Prof Kuma emphasised.

 

Hon Joe Ghartey Making a Presentation on the Railways Sector to the Meeting
Hon Joe Ghartey Making a Presentation on the Railways Sector to the Meeting

The Minister of Railways Development, Mr Joe Ghartey, indicated that with the Ghana Railways Master Plan, the rail sector was capable of transforming the country to a higher height since apart from the movement of passengers and goods it would also facilitate trade, industrial development as well as stimulate economic growth. He pointed out that the overall objective of the Railway Development was to build a modern railway network from the south to the north of Ghana with associated infrastructure to address the imbalance between transport modes for long-distance transit and domestic freight movements.

Mr Ghartey who is also the Member of Parliament for Essikado-Ketan said within the past three years a solid foundation had been laid for the rail sector and that apart from the Techiman to Hamile rail line, the other rail lines have had their feasibility studies conducted and in some cases contracts awarded. He added that by 2035 all the rail lines in the country should have been completed.

According to the Minister, it was for this reason that, UMaT had to be partnered to run relevant engineering programmes for the railway sector at the UMaT School of Railways and Infrastructure Development. He indicated that the School will have enormous impact on the immediate community and the Region as a whole. He reiterated that his Ministry was composed to build a sustainable railways sector in the country.

A Section of the Cheifs and other Stakeholders
A Section of the Cheifs and other Stakeholders

The President of the Western Regional House of Chiefs, Ogyeahoho Yaw Gyebi II, commended the Government and the Railways Development Minister for helping to turn around the fortunes of Ghana Railway Company Limited. He also expressed gratitude to UMaT for opening the School of Railways and Infrastructure Development in the Region and suggested that courses such as welding and metal fabrication could be included in the courses that would be run in the School in future.

Ogyeahoho Gyebi II appealed to the Chiefs to support the railway sector to develop further by releasing land and endeavour to desist from the practice of demanding huge compensations from the Government for the use of their lands.

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

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