The Member of Parliament for Manhyia Constituency and the Minister for Education, Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh widely known as NAPO has advised that University campuses must not be used as procreation grounds for violence, unsocial conduct or ethnic division.
The Minister explained that the University campuses are the training ground for future leaders of the country.
NAPO gave this advice when he on behalf of President Akufo-Addo inaugurated the two governing councils of the newly established C.K Tedam University of Technology and Applied Sciences and the S.D Dombo University of Business and Integrated Development Studies in Accra.
He remembered that in 2019, the country witnessed a sequence of violence on the campuses of the University of Education, Winneba, and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science of Technology respectively which led to the shutdown of both schools for weeks.
In the Education Minister’s remark, he entreated the two councils to remained faithful to their key mandate as to established by the legislature and as further reflected in their names and to provide the needed strategic leadership and direction necessary to complete this mandate achievement of Ghana’s development agenda.
He also encouraged them to ensure peace and stability for a conducive environment to promote academic work in their institution.
“That favorable environment should have as its core aim the building of a tent that is accommodating, diverse, and tolerant. A university campus must not serve as the procreation grounds for violence, unsocial conduct, or ethnic division because it is the training ground for future leaders of this country”, he stated.
Dr. Mathew Opoku expressed assurance that the two councils will provide the needed leadership and direction to establish their institutions as centres of academic excellence and research.
Dr Prempeh expressed confidence in the two councils to provide the necessary leadership and guidance to establish their universities as centres of academic excellence and research.
President Akufo-Addo in November 2018 speaking at the 25th graduation ceremony of the University for Development Studies (UDS) in Tamale, proclaimed that the government had given approval for the Wa and Navrongo campuses of the university to be independent universities.
The two universities were consequently established by Parliament in 2019 in this direction.