MCE for Tarkwa Nsuaem Constituency, Honourable Benjamin Kessie has paid a working visit to the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT). He was accompanied by other Officials of the Municipality. At a meeting to introduce himself and his entourage to the Vice-Chancellor, Prof J. S. Y. Kuma and his Management team, Hon Kessie informed the Vice-Chancellor that he had come to introduce himself to the University which is a major stakeholder in the Municipality and also to learn at first-hand events and activities of the University and see what support the Assembly could offer the University. He further said that this was his first time visiting the University since he was sworn in as the MCE.
He also indicated that he was happy to learn that UMaT was the best Mining University in West Africa.
At this juncture the Vice Chancellor informed Hon Kessie that the University was excited about their visit because it gave an opportunity for the University to explain to him and his team some of the achievements of the University over the years. He spoke about the quality and uniqueness of the programmes being run in UMaT and indicated that as the only mining University in West Africa, UMaT continues to support local content by producing quality graduates in mining and allied engineering disciplines who are working in various industries especially the mining and energy sectors all over the world. He further indicated that the mining industry in Ghana and beyond relied mostly on graduates from UMaT to sustain the industry in terms of their manpower needs.
The Vice-Chancellor also put before the MCE some requests and asked him to help open doors for the University. He mentioned some of the legacy projects especially the construction of the new faculty block which he said was the most pressing project that needed to be completed as soon as possible to enable the University to take in the many free SHS graduates who will be seeking admission into the University next academic year.
Prof Kuma also requested the MCE to consider helping to pave the road in front of the new administration block to prevent dust from disturbing the painted building. He also requested the MCE to consider extending the road construction taking place at Akon to the road leading to the Gold Refinery Hall for reshaping.
The Visiting Team Inspecting the School of Petroleum Building
Responding, Hon Kessie indicated that he was willing to champion these requests after he had consulted engineers of the Municipal Assembly before they could make a commitment. He however assured the Vice Chancellor that the Municipal Assembly was ready to offer any help as far as the development of the University was concerned. He promised to ensure that the road leading to the Gold Refinery Hall area would be considered as part of the road construction in the area.
The Chairman of the University Council, Dr S. S. Yirenkyi who was present at the meeting informed the MCE and his team that one of the benefits of a University in any community was to provide some services to the community including technical assistance and so it was important for the Municipal Assembly to always inform the UMaT about their development plans so that the University could find the best way to offer the technical assistance they may require from time to time.
Also present at the meeting were the Pro Vice Chancellor, Assoc Prof V. A. Temeng, the Registrar, Mr M. K. Okrah, the Ag Finance Officer, Mr Jonathan Sakoe and the University Relations Officer, Mr Paul Yeboah.
Source: Paul Y. A. Yeboah, Senior Assistant Registrar (University Relations)