A Group Picture showing the Hon Minister 2nd from Left the Chairman of Council Left the Vice Chance Middle the Registrar of UMaT Right and the Ministers PA 2nd from Right
The new Regional Minister for the Western Region, Hon Kwadwo Okyere Darko Mensah has paid a familiarisation visit to the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), Tarkwa. During a courtesy call on the Vice Chancellor, Prof J. S. Y. Kuma in his Office, the Regional Minister informed him that he was on a short tour in some parts of the Region and decided to visit the University to familiarise himself with progress of work there. He indicated that after assuming office as the Regional Minister, he wanted to pay a visit to major institutions in the Region including UMaT, which is the best public funded University in the country.
Prof Kuma thanked Hon Okyere Darko Mensah for recognising the importance of UMaT in Ghana and for coming to know what was going on in the University. Prof Kuma made a short presentation about the history of the University and also gave him a rundown of some of the achievements and successes chalked by the University.
He informed him of the projects that were ongoing on campus which have been termed as legacy Projects. According to Prof Kuma, in 2009 the President of the Republic of Ghana, pledged an amount of GH¢100,000,000.00 for the fast development of the University which was to be sourced from the Minerals Development Fund (MDF) but indicated that only about 35% of the amount had so far been released for the projects. Prof Kuma appealed to the Honourable Minister to assist the University to access these funds from the MDF in order that the projects would be completed on time. He mentioned the projects to include the construction of a New Administration Block, construction of a Sports Facility, construction of a 4-Storey Faculty Block, construction of a 2-Storey Cafetaria Block, construction of 2-Storey 8-flat 3-bedroom and construction of a Guest House in Accra.
Prof Kuma also informed the Hon Minister that GNPC was also sponsoring the construction of a 2-Storey School of Petroleum Studies Block which was progressing steadily.
He also told the Hon Minister that UMaT was the best public funded University in Ghana today because the University had the best Student-Teacher Ratio in science and engineering in the country and a very strong quality assurance system among other criteria and the most compliant of the standards and norms of the NCTE and NAB.
Mr Okyere Darko Mensah congratulated the University for the achievements and successes chalked so far and promised to do everything possible to assist UMaT to get the needed support from Government to expand its academic programmes and infrastructure so that more students could be admitted into the University.
Also present at the meeting were Dr S. S. Yirenkyi, the Chairman of the UMaT Council, Mr A. K. Doku, the Registrar of UMaT and Mr Charles Kobina, the Personal Assistant (PA) of the Regional Minister.
Source: Paul Y. A. Yeboah, Head, University Relations Office