Some few days back, the Upper East Regional Minister visited UDS, Navrongo campus on the purpose of meeting up with the staff and students.The meeting was held at NH1, the biggest lecture hall on campus.
The MC called upon the principal Prof. Albert Luguterah to give his welcome
address and speech. The principal in his speech made known that there are three faculties which
include Faculty of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences and Faculty of
Mathematical Sciences and fourth faculty yet to be established, faculty of computing and
information science. The principal, Prof. Albert Luguterah also made known that the campus has
eight departments which runs several programs at the diploma, 1st degree, masters and PhD
levels with the current student population at 1925. Comprising 1805 undergraduate students and
125 post graduate students.
The staff population of Navrongo campus is 236 with 123 junior members and 44 senior staff
and 69 junior staff. The principal lamented on the number of staff being inadequate especially
the junior staff considering the magnitude of work to be done. “The Navrongo campus is the least
developed and most deprived campus of the University for Development Studies. We have inadequate staffing, inadequate facilities, inadequate equipment and laboratories. Inadequate vehicles, the darkest campus, the poorest road network etc. and yet some of the ground breaking
and even faint painted researches have been and being conducted here on this campus” – Prof.
Albert Luguterah. The principal made known to the Hon Regional Minister the hope in using
her good office to help address some of the challenges as the youth and her municipal chief
executives have already started doing.
Prof. Albert Luguterah said “our challenges
notwithstanding, the Navrongo campus has contributed and will continue to contribute its quota
to our beloved country. It has produced fine graduates at all levels who in more than one way
have served and are serving Ghana in several capacities and areas from medicated issues to
industry, from politics to health and many more. And we are even poised to contribute even
more with the President’s announcement of converting our campus to an autonomous
university. While some see dream in this announcement, for us, this announcement is good news
to us and we believe it is also good news for Ghana. We see opportunities. Opportunities for
growth, opportunities for development of our community and region. Opportunity to bring out
the best in us for our mother land Ghana and many more and even opportunities to collaborate
with our sister campuses for the development of Ghana beyond aid.” The principal concluded on
the point that, the separation of the campuses into autonomous can be done and should be done
peacefully and fairly so no campus will be disadvantaged. Which will benefit us now and in the
future if so.
The MC equally called upon the honourable minister to mount the podium and
give her speech. She said on the outline it is indicated that speech / comments so she is going to
comment. After addressing the various protocols around, she thanked everyone for having time to
meet up with her though some of the students were preparing for exams in some few moments ahead. The honourable minister made known that she was here on a familiarisation tour
due to the fact that she has been on Navrongo Campus several times but not as a regional
minister. She has now found it a need to visit the various institutions in the region to know their
challenges and address them as such.
The honourable minister said, the best news to her is the Navrongo campus of the University
for Development Studies becoming autonomous and she will always like to see the glass half full
and half empty. She disclosed that the road network has been given out on contract. “If the
contractor hasn’t moved to site he should move to site and set artefact”. – Regional minister. She
also made us aware that some projects which she doesn’t have the details has been given out
on contract for either renovation or complete build up which may include or exclude the
broken sealing of the NH1 hall which doesn’t befit the status of a university, there is the need of an air
conditioned hall. That statement cheered everyone around but she said she is not promising but
assuring since she doesn’t know the difference between promise and assurance. The regional
minister said, being autonomous is good but then it comes with challenges which include problems of internally generated funds and number of staffing. She disclosed that she and the
principal spoke about the lightening system earlier on before the meeting with the students
and staff. She said, the lighting problem is going to be fixed but in a cost sharing form. Which
means the University will have to contribute in a way in the project. The school’s auditorium is a
building constructed by some Chinese individuals some years ago but then not long ago, the tiles in the building have started removing. The honourable minister said, she will take it into
consideration and make arrangements for the right thing to be done even though the contractors are not from the country and ensure that there is value for money.
“That’s the biggest problem in the country we don’t value money so we are not supposed to do things anyhow” said
the honourable minister. She made it clear she has been a student before even though not on UDS Navrongo campus, the courses we are offering are challenging and yet prestigious and
lucrative if pursued well. The reason being that we are a developing country and every developing country has its own challenges in regards to education. She encouraged the students to be self-motivated to keep on moving in adding value to themselves. It was her
request for the students to put in their best so as in the future they will be proud to be products of the University for the Country also to be proud of them. It was her plead for the students to
collaborate with the staff and she the regional minister in order to work policies, programs and
challenges that the University will face and how to collectively find solutions to the problems.
The regional minister commended the students for holding themselves up not causing any act of riots over the years. It was her request for the students to humbly pass through the right and appropriate
channels in resolving challenges so as to maintain the good name created for themselves. “Thank you much for your attention and even as you study for your exams, let’s work
together I appreciate you all. Thank you” – Regional minister.
The MC gave the opportunity for questions or any other submissions. Mr. Apori Ntiful, a physics lecturer, pleaded with the honourable minister and her team to do everything in their capacity and collectively ensure to the establishment of the autonomous
university, University for Technology and Applied Sciences (UTAS). But then Mr. Apori lamented on the welfare of the staff which if care is not taken, will push away all the
dedicated staff that has brought the university this far. Some of the students also made
contributions and lamentations which included the school hospital not accepting NHIS, and the unavailability of an emergency vehicle to convey students to hospitals making their welfare on campus a risk.
The issue on our school fees also contributed to the lamentations of the students. There were others
who were willing to make various contributions or ask questions but the honorable minister
suggested them to put them in writing and pass them to her through the principal’s office. This
was due to another meeting she had with NAVASCO, a Senior High School few meters from
UDS 22ND MATRICULATION CEREMONY
The joyous moment, knowing you will be officially admitted into a university. This was written boldly on the faces of all freshers as the gravitated towards the school auditorium with high speed (laughter).
On the 12th of October, 2019, the class of 2023 were officially matriculated.
This ceremony has actually taken place on all UDS campuses.
Before the ceremony began, Ecowas Hall and Savannah hall were with full energy as they walk the resident freshers of the hall. As a matter of fact, it was the first time seeing Ecowas Hall and Savannah Hall having ” JAMA” together. It was all love.
As early as 8am the Principal together with his subordinates processed in. After the procession the school anthem was sung
A prayer was offered by the various religious groups on campus, the Christians and the Muslims.
The Deans and their associates were also introduced.
Meanwhile, the registrar was represented by the campus officer.
Before the matriculants sworn the oath, the principal delivered a speech.
Upon his delivery, he congratulates the matriculants on the day.
He stated that, the matriculation marks the end of admission and the formal admission into the school.
You need to know the reason for coming to school and the need to achieve that purpose. He said.
In his submission, all admitted candidates were admitted upon certain merits. Addressing the congregation, this year had an increase in application, a total of 19,183 of which 9, 479 was admitted.
Prof. Luguterah, the Navrongo Campus principal went on further that, out of the total 9,479, 51.9% were males and 48.26% were females. This has shown a significant increase in female applicants and admission.
This admission include student into the faculty of mathematical sciences, faculty of applied sciences and faculty of earth and environmental sciences.
Furthermore, he ensured the matriculants that, security and safety on campus will be regulated to ensure the safety and lives of students on campus. Addressing the issue of the campus’ lighting system.
On the issue of sex for grades which was aired few days ago, showing some lecturers indulging in the acts, of which he the principal strongly stand against. He stated clearly that the management of the school will not take it lightly with any senior member of the university seen or caught indulging in such act. We further cautioned the matriculants to be very careful,as not to fall victim.
Before ending his speech, he announced that, the school would be renamed very soon as it attain autonomy.
He advises the matriculants to be good students and welcomes them to the UNIVERSITY FOR DEVELOPMENT STUDIES.
As at 11am the matriculation ceremony was brought to an end after which the campus officer sworn every faculty into the school.
Another journey for the freshers, and we wish them all the best!
HAVE YOU HEARD OF BRA DAY?
Truth is majority of people in the world and Ghana have less idea about what BRA Day is. So when asked “what is BRA Day?” many people have nothing to say or they talk about a day where no female wears a bra.
Speaking to Dr. Paa Ekow Hoyte Williams (second in the picture from the right in a white shirt), the Head of Division for the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital , he said “The female breast is an important symbol of femininity. Loss of the breast due to cancer treatment can have significant physical and psychological impact on the woman. Many women eligible for breast reconstruction following cancer surgery are not being informed of their options. All women should know their options. It’s time to close the loop on breast cancer.”
He further added that “BRA Day has been there for a while now but mostly not in West Africa and Ghana. It is an international activity that falls on the 3rd Wednesday of October.Just to clear the misconceptions, BRA is not what women put on to cover the breast but BRA is the acronym for Breast Reconstruction Awareness. So yes many Ghanaians celebrated braless day or no bra day but the truth is, it is a day in the month of October set aside to inform survivors of breast cancer or post mastectomy patients of the available options of breast reconstruction in Ghana.”
￼Breast cancer awareness is well known now in the various societies but now the other aspect which is the reconstruction of the breast after it has been totally or partially removed in cancer treatment is the end of the cycle for breast cancer treatment.
Last year, the first ever BRA Day celebration in Ghana was organised by the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital where they had a post mastectomy patient(Beth Goodman aka Spinkles) traveled from USA to Ghana to help in the campaign. She had survived breast cancer and had undergone total breast reconstruction.
During the awareness campaign she spoke to the women who were present for the free screening of how important it is to get breast reconstruction after cancer treatment. The women were allowed to see and feel her plastic reconstructed breast and they admitted it barely looks artificial.
Some cases were selected after the screening exercise for free breast reconstruction and after surgery the women were so happy.
This year’s campaign to create awareness on breast reconstruction has began massively with so many joining the train. The Health Sciences Students Association and Geological Engineering Students Association of KNUST are the new additions to the campaign. On 5th October they were live on air at Spirit FM 88.3 talking about Breast Cancer and Breast Reconstruction. They were joined by a Plastic Surgeon (Dr Boutrous) from Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital as they discussed breast cancer and breast reconstruction on the Health Segment of the radio station. Ken Ofori Atta from GESA KNUST said “There is no shame in males joining in the campaign of breast cancer and breast reconstruction. I feel if there ￼is breast cancer in the society, we all need to join forces and speak for it.”
Obuobi the health officer added his voice to the campaign “Every woman cherishes her breast therefore any threat to steal their joy should be faced with a collective effort from us all.”
Dr Boutrous made it clear most general surgeons are only interested in treating the breast cancer patient but after that they have to live their lives secluded from the society because they have lost their breast. He encouraged surgeons to tell their patients of the available options of reconstruction that will help close the loop on breast cancer treatment.
9th October has been agreed as the date for BRA Day Ghana where everyone is expected to wear pink or white with a touch of pink, snap pictures and videos. The pictures and videos can be tagged with the #BRAdayGhana. There will be a health walk on the 12th October at KNUST Campus and 19th October from the Kumasi Central Police station to the Kumasi City Mall. On bothe days there will be free breast cancer screening. ￼ (more…)
ECOWAS HALL CHASES AFTER UDS LECTURERS
For the past few days, there has been total black out on UDS Navrongo Campus. Rumors have it that Wa campus is facing the same problem.
This development has affected academic work on campus, pertaining to lecture halls, since the lights and fans are not functioning. This has mared the learning activities on campus.
The blackout has affected the traditional halls; ECOWAS HALL, SAVANNAH HALL and NAVRO HALL.
Since this is bringing uncomfortability to the student populace, the residents of ECOWAS HALL took it upon themselves to storm campus.
Fans and lights in the lecture halls are lying idle and most lecturers cannot stay inside their offices due to the heat. At a region where the atmospheric temperature can reach a hopping 42°C in the day can be unbearable if there are no lights for the fans to cool the rooms.
Upon critical observations today on campus, eye witnesses noticed that, the generator has been idle for a number of times. Making its presence a white elephant.
As late as 3pm this afternoon residents of ECOWAS HALL were seen in their red regalia invading every lecture hall to stop academic activities.
Talking with the public relations officer of the SRC, he stated that, Tamale campus which is the central administration owes about Ghc27million which is more than that of UDS Navrongo and Wa campus, but still had their power on.
In his submission, the regional minister tried reaching the boss of VRA but his phone has been switched off.
This development if not well tackled will mare academic activities as the actions of aggrieved students was seen today to have ended abruptly academic work.
ECOWAS HALL threatened the administration that, if the power is not restored before 12am today, they’ll disrupt every academic activity on campus.
As it stands now, they have in their plans to storm VRA office.
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