The Akenten Appiah-Menka University of Skills Training and Entrepreneurial Development (AAMUSTED), with the mandate to spearhead a new era of high-profile and skilled graduates in Ghana, has received a donation by the Member of Parliament (MP) for Kwadaso, Dr. Kingsley Nyarko.
The university, which is formerly a satellite campus of the University of Education, Winneba, until the granting of its Autonomy is well known for producing technically and vocationally skilled graduates with requisite skills to change the fortunes of Ghana.
The donation worth thousands of Ghana Cedis; including ten pieces of LED Street Lights, 500 bottles of 250ml Hand Sanitisers and 1,000 nose masks, will have the capacity to boost the school’s lighting system and also combat the spread of COVID-19 Pandemic which has grossly affected educational institutions.
Speaking at the ceremony held at the forecourt of the Administration Block on Wednesday, May 19, 2021, Dr. Kingsley Nyarko recounted how he worked as a part-time lecturer at the university during his time with the University of Ghana as he described the importance of education towards the nation building.
“The institution is in my constituency and I’m part of those who fought fiercely for this institution to be accorded this autonomous status and the benefit comes to the constituency. For me, education as we all know, is the singular pillar that brings monumental transformation in our lives and we are even lucky to have two of the most distinguished professors at the helm of affairs of this institution. I have worked with them and I know their capabilities” he added.
The MP who took time to remind students of their role in building a better Ghana said, “We [students] owe it a duty to ensure that this country develops. As you pass through this institution, you must endeavor to learn our discipline so well [as stipulated in Article 41 of the 1992 Constitution] and I am sure that, if we all abide and follow true to the letter, the duties as espoused in the constitution, this country will never remain the same.”
Hon. Dr. Kingsley Nyarko meanwhile, challenged the management of AAMUSTED to stay in line with the mandate by government to produce competent vocational and technical teachers that will help produce the needed man-power to drive the country’s economy.
“We lack teachers in certain specialized skills area but the government’s agenda is to promote TVET education, how do we do that” he quizzed, adding “But we don’t have enough teachers or lecturers in this particular sector of our educational development – we don’t have them. So this institution has been positioned to achieve that. The more we are able to train critical mass of teachers with Technical Vocational Education and Training skills, then we are ready to train and develop the middle man power resources we need to move this country forward” he explained.
Receiving the donation on behalf of the school, the Acting Vice Chancellor, Prof. Frederick Kwaku Sarfo expressed his gratification to the MP for the gesture as he assured of putting the items to good use.
“I wish to express my deepest appreciation to my good friend; Honourable [Dr. Kingsley Nyarko] for what he has done. Honourable, in fact, I did mention to you very well and I can assure that, with your support of my team, we are going to make sure that this university [AAMUSTED], must become internationally acclaimed, responsible, quality TVET and entrepreneurial teacher education – we will do that.”
Congratulating the MP for his role in the affairs of the school and the constituency as a whole, Prof. Kwaku Sarfo said, “Honourable has been very instrumental in our journey towards the achievement of autonomy. Honourable has done a lot of things to transform Kwadaso Constituency, most of them, I think you are aware.”
“I do hope that, these things, especially the street light, will help to improve the security operations of this university, it will help in creating powerful learning environment, to train our students to become responsible citizens” he added.
The Acting Vice Chancellor who indicated that, financing tertiary institutions in the 21st century university is a shared responsibility, congratulated the leadership of the Student Representative Council (SRC) led by Mr Richard Opoku for their efforts and devotion; towards creating a conducive environment for both staff and students.
ERICH ODONKOR (MYND NEWS DESK)