Professor Oduro Owusu unveiling the plague during the dedication of the Dental School Building.
Outgoing Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana, (UG), Professor Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, has urged both teaching and non-teaching staff of the learning institution to support the new management to succeed.
He stressed that the new management would need the total support and encouragement of the University community to be able to make the institution a better place than they are coming to meet it.
“As I bow out as the Vice-Chancellor of this great University of ours, I urge all of us to be mindful of our actions and inactions. Let us avoid doing things that have the potential to injure the enviable reputation of this university. We must help to build the University we want to have,” he stated.
Prof. Oduro Owusu gave the advice during the commissioning of the phase II of the UG Dental School and the College of Health Sciences (CHS) refurbished library in Accra.
He said the completion of the two projects will go a long way to help the College of Health sciences and the University to achieve its strategic priorities of research, teaching and learning.
“The project will also help the college in its bid to create an exciting intellectual climate that encourages relevant cutting-edge research and community engagement,” he said.
He stated that currently, the universities ranking agencies worldwide consider the facilities universities have and how they are maintained for better students’ learning experience during the ranking process.
He encouraged the management and staff of the college to prioritize the maintenance of the projects to prolong their life span.
“We all have a duty to ensure that the little the University has is maintained to ensure that we are able to remain competitive to attract some of the best faculty and staff to work here,” he added.
Provost of the College of Health Sciences, Rev. Professor Patrick Ferdinand Ayeh-Kumi, said the CHS has benefited greatly from the leadership of the out-going Vice Chancellor, Professor Oduro Owusu.
‘Across a broad front, the College, the University and the Nation at large have benefited from your administration. Indeed, the construction and the completion of the UG-Noguchi Advanced Research Laboratories Building which has offered immeasurable help to the nation during this Covid-19 pandemic is one such addition to the College,” he said.
Prof. Ayeh-Kumi expressed confidence that the management will provide the strong leadership needed to effectively coordinate all the relevant activities, ‘so that the facilities we are leaving today, will become fully. And sustainably functional.
“I believe that in the development of our nation, we need the culture of maintenance. Let us work to value what we have and sincerely cherish them, maintain these facilities for posterity,” he stated.
By Jamila Akweley Okertchiri