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University of Energy and Natural Resources Council inaugurated

By Kodjo Adams, GNA 

Accra, Aug. 8, GNA
– Dr Mathew Opoku Prempeh, the Minister of Education, has inaugurated a
15-member Council of the University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) in
Accra to ensure the implementation of the aims of the University. 

The UENR Act
2011(Act 830) mandates the University to provide higher education and
disseminate knowledge related to energy and natural resources, undertake
research and foster collaboration with persons in the country and
outside. 

The Council has
Professor Ambrose Kwame Tua as its Chairman, while the members are; Prof.
Harrison Kwame Dapaah, Vice-Chancellor of UENR, Dr Clara Ohenewa Benneh, Prof.
Emmanuel Kenneth Agyei, Mr Patrick Bogyako-Saime, and Dr Bernard Okoe Boye all
being President’s nominees, and Mrs Sheila Naah Boamah from the National
Council for Tertiary Education. 

Others are Prof.
Emmanuel Marfo-Owusu and Mr Paul Nana-Nketia from Convocation, Dr Nana Sarfo
Agyemang Berkyi, from the University Teachers Association of Ghana, Mr Hamidu
Alhassan, Teachers Educational Workers Union of Ghana, and Mr John
Asare-Baiden,Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools. 

The rest are Mr
Victor Fosa Boamah, Student Representative Council of UENR, Mr Anthony Baidoo,
Graduate Students Association of Ghana and Mr Joseph Kusi Yankyera,
representing the Alumni. 

The Minister, who
administered the Oath of Office and Secrecy to members of the Council, said the
Board had a critical role to play in ensuring quality, efficiency and
effectiveness in all tertiary institutions. 

He said Section 6
of the Act enjoined the Council to ensure the implementation of the aims of the
University, determine the strategic direction, monitor and evaluate policy
implementation as well as promote income-generating activities. 

“The Council is
expected to ensure the conservation and augmentation of the resources of the
University in relation to matters affecting income or expenditure and make
professional level appointment on the recommendation of the Appointment
Committee of the Academic Board,” he said. 

Dr Opoku Prempeh
urged the Council to be innovative and be solution-oriented to provide the
required guidance and leadership to the University. 

He said:
“Government expects you to be proactive agents of change by proposing workable
solutions that will help achieve the University’s goals as a leading centre of
research and excellence on issues relating to energy and natural
resources”. 

The Minister said
government had committed itself to establishing the research fund to support
research works in tertiary institutions, and that a draft bill had been
completed and consultations for stakeholder inputs were underway. 

He urged the
Council to establish strategic partnerships with international institutions for
the University to benefit from best practices and put it on an enviable
pedestal as centre for scientific advancement and excellence. 

Prof Tua, the
Chairman of the Council, expressed appreciation to the President for the
appointment and pledged their unflinching support to work according to the
mandate given them to improve quality assurance of the University.

GNA

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