Hon Benjamin Kessie, third from left and Prof Richard K. Amankwah, second from left
The Vice Chancellor, Prof Richard Kwasi Amankwah has paid a courtesy call on the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of the Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipality, Hon Benjamin Kessie as part of activities to familiarize himself with the stakeholders of the University. This call was to allow Prof Richard Kwasi Amankwah to introduce himself to the MCE and to express appreciation to the MCE and the Tarkwa Nsuaem Assembly for their continuous support to the University. According to Prof Amankwah, the call would also go a long way to deepen the relations between the University and the Assembly.
Prof Amankwah informed the Chief Executive that UMaT has taken a decision to set up a model small scale mining project that would set as an example for responsible small scale mining in the country. This, he said, was a measure to support the efforts of the Government to curb irresponsible mining that had devastated several parts of the country. Prof Amankwah proposed to the Assembly, to team up with the University to train small scale miners in the municipality in order to enhance their operations and reduce the negative impact on the environment.
Prof Amankwah also said that the University has plans to develop the frontage of the University facing the main highway to boost its aesthetics. He, however, expressed worry about possible private development at the same place which would make it difficult to make the plan a reality. He, therefore, appealed to the Assembly not to permit private development at the place so that the University would develop the area into an ecotourism site.
In his response, Hon Benjamin Kessie expressed appreciation to Prof Amankwah for the courtesy call and said that, the Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipality is a major stakeholder of the University and would therefore do everything possible to support the University in its developmental efforts. He further emphasized that the Assembly would mobilize its engineers, planning and development officers to the University to inspect facilities at the frontage of the University. He assured that the University would be given the permit to develop its frontage as the Vice Chancellor had indicated and that measures would be taken to resettle all occupants on that parcel of land. Hon Kessie also hinted that the Assembly has plans to develop the waterfall at the University.
Hon Benjamin Kessie commended the University for its decision to start a model small scale mining project because it would serve as a means for small scale miners to learn from the University. He urged UMaT not to hesitate in starting the project and added that the Assembly would offer the needed support to the University.
Prof Amankwah also used the occasion to invite the Assembly to the celebration of 2021 World Health Day with Prof Agyeman Badu Akorsah, the celebration of World Environment Day and World Day of Safety and Health. According the Prof Amankwah, there would be random testing of drivers in the municipality during the celebration of World Day of Safety and Health to check their alcohol levels as a measure to promote safety on the road.
In attendance at the meeting were the Municipal Co-ordinating Director and other officials of the Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipal Assembly. The Vice Chancellor was also accompanied by the Head of University Relations and the Officer in Charge of the Vice Chancellor’s Secretariat.
In a similar development, the Vice Chancellor also paid a courtesy call on Nana Andoh, the Chief of Nkanponase, a suburb close to the University which is popularly called ’Camp City’. This was to introduce himself to the Chief and his elders and solicit their support as stakeholders.
Welcoming the Vice Chancellor, Nana Andoh expressed his gratitude for honouring him in such a gesture and assured that he will reciprocate in due time. According to the Chief, UMaT can count on him and his elders for their support in all its endeavours. He made known that a significant number of students reside at ‘Camp City’ and so the call by the Vice Chancellor was very appropriate.
Professor Amankwah was accompanied by Messrs. David Kwaku Gyapong, the University Legal Advisor and T. B. Eshun, the Head of University Relations Office.
Source: T. B. Eshun
University Relations Office