University of Health and Allied Sciences Council inaugurated

Kodjo Adams, GNA

Accra, July 14, GNA –
Professor Kwesi Yankah, the Minister of State in charge of Tertiary Education,
on Friday inaugurated a 15-member Council of the University of Health and
Allied Sciences (UHAS).

The Council is
expected to determine the strategic direction of the university and monitor and
evaluate policy implementation and ensure the conservation and augmentation of

It is also to promote
an environment of equal opportunity for members of the university without
regard to ethnicity, sex, race, religious belief or political affiliation.

The Council members
include Justice Victor Mawulom Jones Dotse as Chairman, Professor John Gyapong,
Vice Chancellor of UHAS, Prof. Victor Patrick Yao Gadzekpo, Dr Sylvia Ayeley
Deganus, Nana Owusu-Afari, Mr Richard Adjei, and Dr Mark Amexo, all government

The rest are Dr
Emmanuel Newman, Prof. Harry Kwame Tagbor, Madam Yaa Opuni Amankwaa, Prof.
Francis Bruno Zotor, Mr Kwesi Aseredum Hagan, Mr Joshua Gadasu, Mr Courage
Meteku and Mr Pious Afrane.

“It is the expectation
of government that your leadership will not be one that only identifies
problems and awaits solutions, but rather be one that identifies challenges and
proposed workable interventions,” Prof.Yankah said.

He expressed the hope
that solutions proposed by the Council would help the university to achieve its
goal of providing expanded access to high quality health education and as well
absorb the large inflow of senior high school graduates expected to enrol in tertiary

Prof. Yankah expressed
concern about how groups mounted pressure on government to appoint leaders of
universities who belonged to the same ethnic group or reside in the region,
saying nomination made by government to positions of vice chancellor are based
on competence and expertise.

“Ethnicity should
never drive appointment processes but should rather guide us in making
appointments that unite and integrate the diversity of ethnic groups in the
country,” he said.

He urged parents and
prospective students not to be constrained by distance in the choice of
universities but be guided by quality, relevance and the overall interest of
the student since the love of country and quality education do not obey ethnic

Justice Dotse thanked
President Akufo-Addo for the trust and confidence reposed in the Council and
pledged the resolute support of members to undertake the responsibility given

He asked for
government’s support in terms of funding to work in an effective and efficient
manner to lift the image of the university higher.

The UHAS was
established by an Act of Parliament (Act 828, 2012) to provide higher education
in health sciences, disseminate knowledge and provide clinical and other
services towards improving health and quality of life.


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