20 November 2012

Ghana: University of Allied Health Sciences Inaugurated in Ho

The Vice President, Mr. Kwesi Bekoe Amissah Arthur, says the University of Allied Health Sciences is a special university, which was established in response to the increasing health needs of the nation, and it was expected that the new university would work hard to meet the expectation of the public.

The Vice President commended the chiefs and people of the Volta Region for the provision of land for the university, which he said, had assisted the government to deliver what he called a Manifesto promise to the people.

Mr. Amissah Arthur gave the assurance that the government would ensure that the University received enough share of state resources to provide relevant infrastructure such as lecture theatres, hostel facilities for students, and other infrastructure at the permanent site of the University at Sokode-Lokoe.

The Vice President, who was speaking at the inauguration of the University of Allied Health Sciences' induction and matriculation of the first batch of 155 students, pointed out that the that the university would ensure that it would in future be linked to health related universities abroad for exchange of programmes.

The Chairman of the Council of Tertiary Education, Prof. Clifford Nii Boi, stressed the need for the authorities to adhere to the training of health personnel as the core business of the institute.

He urged the school authorities not to deviate from this basic role, because most of the time, universities established with special roles added other programmes to their acceptable courses.

The Chairman of the University Planning Committee, Prof. Sefa-Dede, said Act 828, which established the university, would mainly focus attention on research, community service, and promotion of sound health at all levels, through training, to ensure that the relevant health personnel needed for the development of the health sector were produced for the nation.

The Volta Regional Minister, Mr. Henry Ford Kamel, said the people of the region were satisfied with the new university, and promised the Volta Regional Coordinating Council's (VRCC) support to enable it to function effectively.

The chiefs and people of the Volta Region have commended the government for redeeming its promise made to the people in the 2008 general elections to establish a state funded university, which has been fulfilled in the first term of the late President Mills-led administration.

The Volta chiefs pointed out that the establishment of the University of Health and Allied Sciences in the region was very historic, and should be seen as one of the greatest achievements of the government.

The immediate past President of the Volta Regional House of Chiefs and Paramount Chief of the Gbi traditional Area, Togbega Gabusu VI, who commended the government for the establishment of the university, said the people of the region were very much grateful.

Togbega Gabusu said that he was one of the chiefs who criticised the government for making promises but less effort to fulfill them, and said he did not regret, in any way, the role he played.

He said that he believed the criticism had helped the region to see the inauguration of the university and its Pro-Vice Chancellor, a situation that had brought joy to the people.

The Gbi Paramount Chief continued that even though the university had started, there was much the government needed to do, in terms of paying compensation to the various land owners to avoid future problems, as had happened to the Volta Regional Hospital, with government property seized until compensation made to the land owners.

The President of the Volta Regional House of Chiefs and Agbogbomefia of the Asogli traditional area, Togbe Afede XIV, also commended the government for redeeming its promise.

He noted that the value the people placed on the new University of Allied Health Sciences would forever make the people remember the late President Mills and his government.

Togbe Afede pointed out that the start of the University with 155 new students was not just enough, therefore, the government should work hard to ensure that the permanent site at Sokode and Hohoe was well designed and with the appropriate infrastructure to befit the institution as a modern university.

The President of the Volta Regional House of Chiefs used the opportunity, and called on the various faculties of the university to work hard in order to instill in students behaviours that would enable them to become responsible adults in future.

Togbe Afede stressed the importance of training the students in critical values that would enable them cultivate the virtues of honesty, truth and hard work, which, he said, were vital for the future success of the students in their working life after school.

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