Assoc Prof B. Kumi Boateng
The University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), Tarkwa has held the 3rd End of Year Service for 2018 and the New Year Service for 2019 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 and to rekindle the spirit of togetherness amongst the staff. It was also to come together after the Christmas and New Year break to listen to the Vice Chancellor’s New Year Message.
At the service to end the year 2018, the Acting Chaplain, Assoc Prof Bernard Kumi-Boateng preached on the theme “Hope for Glory” and emphasised that as a people who shared a common goal of moving the University forward, we should hope for the greater glory of the Lord. He enumerated the reasons why all staff must have hope in the Lord and indicated that our comfort, confidence and commitment in the Lord would provide hope. He declared that the year 2019 will deliver UMaT from every darkness, every form of damnation and from every kind of defeat and guide her steps but emphasised that this could only happen if all members of staff would collectively resolve to put their confidence in the Lord. He encouraged all members of staff to continue to have hope even in the midst of the challenges that the University may be facing and prayed that in 2019, the Lord himself would provide UMaT with his pavilion and the University would be protected from the enemy.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof J. S. Y. Kuma, in his end of year message thanked all members of staff for their efforts as they helped management to advance the forward match 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. He emphasised on the importance of taking ones health very seriously and added that the University Council had declared that every staff member was obliged to take part in the Annual Health Screening Exercise that the University had instituted in February every year. He added that the reason for the directive was to ensure that all staff members were fit to continue with the hard work for the University. He also called on everyone to be serious with their work and eschew laziness and encouraged the lazy ones to ensure that they became part of the positive energy that was driving the transformation of the University.
Dr Richard Amorin
At the service to start the first working day for the year 2019, Dr Richard Amorin who stood in for the Acting Chaplain, exhorted members on the theme “Sustaining Unity for Success in 2019”. He thanked God for his good thoughts towards the University. He emphasised that it was important to work together as a united force for the common good and implored everyone to help in moving the University forward to achieve more greatness. According to Dr Amorin, to achieve the vision and mission of the University, there was the need to appreciate the importance of division of labour. He implored members to perform their respective roles diligently whilst they assist other members of staff to achieve their tasks because as he indicated, “the failure of one staff is the failure of all and likewise the victory of one is the collective victory for all”.
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 2019 would be a better year for the University. According to Prof Kuma, every member of staff was in the University to sustain the University’s growth as the theme for the service suggested. He therefore, encouraged all staff to work together and to help the leadership to sustain the success of the University in the New Year. Prof Kuma again implored the staff to take their jobs seriously because there were many jobless people in the country today but we were blessed to be employed in UMaT. He indicated that most of the staff worked very hard but some few ones always showed lackadaisical attitudes towards their work. He warned such people to turn a new leaf and resolve to work hard in 2019. He emphasised on the directive of the University Council for all members of staff to participate fully in the health screening exercise that would take place in February this year.
Prof Kuma prayed for all staff and their families for success in 2019 and indicated that it was his prayer that all hands would be on deck for the growth and development of the University. He declared that in 2019 the University would win more awards to sustain the successes chalked over the years.
Source: Paul Y. A. Yeboah, Head, University Relations Office