Vice Chancellor Pays A Courtesy Call on the President of the Western Regional House of Chiefs at his Palace at Sefwi Anhwiaso

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Prof Kuma Addressing the Durbar of Chiefs at the Palace
Prof Kuma Addressing the Durbar of Chiefs at the Palace
 
The Vice Chancellor, Prof J. S. Y. Kuma has led a delegation from the University of Mines and Technology, Tarkwa to pay a courtesy call on the President of the Western Regional House of Chiefs and Paramount Chief of the Sewfi Anhwiaso Traditional Area, Nana Ogyeahoho Yaw Gyebi II at his Palace at Sefwi Anhwiaso. 
Declaring the purpose of the visit, Prof Kuma informed Nana that he and his team were in the palace to pay homage to him as the President of the Regional House of Chiefs and also to let him know of the great things the University was engaged in.
 
The Vice Chancellor indicated that UMaT had many pressing needs that required immediate attention. He stressed that the development of the campus was one major hurdle the University was yet to surmount. According to him all documents had been sent to the Ministry of Finance for a Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement but there was no response from the Ministry until the change of Government occurred. He also indicated that the upgrading of the Department of Petroleum Engineering into a School of Petroleum Studies (SPetS) is an important project of the University at the moment. 
 
Welcoming the UMaT delegation to his palace, Nana Ogyeahoho Yaw Gyebi II who is also the Chairman of the Board of the GNPC Foundation, thanked the Vice Chancellor and his team for taking time out of their busy schedule to visit him and his people at his palace. He praised Prof Kuma for what he and his team of administrators were doing to uplift the image of the University of Mines and Technology. Nana Ogyeahoho told the Vice Chancellor and his team that he was going to do all within his power to help push the SPS project forward. According to Nana, the Board of the GNPC Foundation had accepted in principle to support the SPetS project. 
 
Nana Gyebi II with the Chiefs in a Group Photograph with the VC and the UMaT Delegation
Nana Gyebi II with the Chiefs in a Group Photograph with the VC and the UMaT Delegation
 
The delegation later joined the Paramount Chief and the Traditional Council at a durbar held in their honour. Addressing the durbar, Prof Kuma informed Nana and his Chiefs that as the only Public University in the Western Region and the only mining university in West Africa, UMaT belonged to all of them and that they should take special interest in the University’s growth and development since according to him, UMaT has a lot to offer the people of the Western Region in particular and Ghana in general. Prof Kuma informed Nana and the Chiefs of some of the achievements of the University over the years. The chiefs were very excited about the great things going on in UMaT and promised to carry the good message to their communities and beyond. 
 
Nana Ogyeahoho told the durbar that the Chirano Mines was planning to fold up in the next few years and that he had discussed the possible release of the facilities to the University to form a new campus for the purposes of teaching and research. Nana emphasised that as the Paramount Chief with the biggest share of the stool lands on which the mine was located, he had endorsed the release of the mine and its facilities to UMaT. 
 
The Vice Chancellor expressed the gratitude of the University to Nana Ogyeahoho and his Chiefs for the confidence reposed in UMaT and promised that everything should be done to secure the release of the facilities because according to him this arrangement will fit very well with UMaT’s off campus project. Nana led the UMaT team on a tour of the facilities at the Chirano Mines. At the Mines, the delegation was received by the Acting General Manager of the Chirano Mines, Mr Stephen Akore Agemang, a distinguished Alumnus of UMaT, the Health, Safety and Environment Manager, Dr Koduah Dapaah and Ms Hilda Arhin of the Human Resource Department. The delegation was then conducted round the facilities.
 
Among the UMaT team was the Registrar, Mr A. K. Doku, the Dean of Planning and Quality Assurance Unit, Assoc Prof S. Al-Hassan, the Acting Finance Officer, Mr Matthew Asare and the University Relations Officer, Mr Paul Y. A. Yeboah. 
 
Source: Paul Y. A. Yeboah, Assistant Registrar, University Relations Office
  
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