Dr. Wilhemina J. Donkor addressing the graduands
Some opinion leaders in Kenyase, Antoa and other nearby communities in the Kwabre East District of the Ashanti Region have expressed dissatisfaction with the Mahama administration for failing to rehabilitate the roads in the area.
The youth in the locality clashed with the police during a demonstration to protest against the deplorable state of the main Kumasi-Antoa Road in the past.
However, several months after the demonstration and persistent appeals to the stakeholders to rehabilitate the road, the problems have not been addressed.
Dr. Wilhemina J. Donkor, the president of the Garden City University College (GCUC), a private tertiary institution at Kenyase, called for immediate governmental intervention to fix the road network.
Considering the deplorable state of the road between Kumasi and the prestigious institution, Dr. J. Donkor expressed regret that appeals by the residents to get it fixed had fallen on deaf ears.
Dr. Wilhemina Donkor said these at the University College’s 6 th congregation during which a total of 622 students graduated after completing degree programmes in Business, Nursing and Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
She attributed the appreciable level of growth in the number of graduands this year to the caliber of staff and their eagerness to ensure quality teaching and learning standards in the University College.
The GCUC President appealed to the government to come up with alternative strategies and make educational funds available to students who can then opt for either private or public sector institutions.
She insisted that with effective supervision by the National Accreditation Board (NAB) and National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE), government can be assured of value for money.
She used the occasion to thank one of the graduands, Joshua Twum Barimah, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Jokwat Group of Companies, for constructing a Kiddy-Care Centre for the college.
The centre, constructed at the cost of GH80,000, will accommodate kids of the nursing mothers studying at the campus.
Edward Boateng, a former member of the Millennium Challenge Committee and reporter for the Cable News Network (CNN), who was the guest speaker, entreated the graduands to be disciplined and bold to take initiatives and risks.
He implored them to diligently use the various skills they have acquired in the institution to add value to the nation and the world as a whole.
The renowned journalist opined that acquiring degrees today would not necessarily make them successful so they should also earn the degrees of common sense and experience.
‘It is good to acquire degrees from the universities but countless number of people who have made significant contributions to their communities and changed the world without acquiring any degree,’ he said.
FROM James Quansah, Kumasi
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