GIMPA holds special congregation for GRIDCO and VRA staff

By Iddi
Yire, GNA
    

Accra, Sept. 24, GNA – The Ghana Institute of
Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) has held a special congregation
for its third module of Masters in Public Administration (MPA) graduands.

The special MPA graduation was held for the
staff of the Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo), and the Volta River Authority (VRA).

In all 41 students graduated of which 20 were
from the VRA.

The Overall Best Student Award went to Madam
Matilda Atswei Deisah Browne.

Professor Philip Ebow Bondzi-Simpson, the
Rector, GIMPA, in his report, said the establishment of two new schools; the
School of Research and Graduate Studies (SRGS) and the School of Liberal Arts
and Social Sciences (SOLASS), during the 2017/2018 academic year, had gone a
long way to enhance research, teaching and learning at the Institute.

He said the SRGS would provide even better
structure and coordination in the delivery of graduate programmes, and in
particular to ensure ongoing quality supervision of research candidates, and timely
submission and examination of theses, ensuring timely completion of programmes
and the graduation of excellent products.

He said SOLASS had already commenced steps to
initiate graduate programmes in Economics, and to strengthen French Language proficiency
for public servants and business executives.

He announced that the MTN Foundation would put
up and furnish a Technology Building, complete with offices, lab and lecture
rooms.

On future plans, the Rector said there would
be better improved engagement with government adding that the Institute would
receive fitting support from Government, particularly for capital projects,
research and public-sector support and consultancy.

Prof Bondzi-Simpson said the Institute would
diversify its income sources and significantly augment and complement tuition
fees.

He noted that there would be sharp focus on
Leadership, Graduate Studies and Law.

Moving forward, Prof Bondzi-Simpson said
Leadership and Entrepreneurship would be introduced in every programme perhaps
with a Certificate or Diploma to show for it.

Mr Jonathan Amoako-Baah, the Chief Executive
of GRIDCo, said the Company’s Management position had been that the MPA
Programme would make the staff proactive to enhance their expertise.

He said it would also grant them skills such
as critical and creative independent thinking as well as problem-solving, good
grasp in project management and human resource management, data analysis, and
eventually make them the most preferred candidates for promotions when the
vacancies come up.

To the graduating class, Mr Amoako-Baah said:
“GIMPA has done its best for you and we have equally spent resources to
help build you up. Go out there and be exemplary, active, creative, honest and
eager to bring what you have learnt to bear on your work”.

Mr Emmanuel Antwi-Darkwa, the Chief Executive
of VRA, in a speech read on his behalf, said the Authority and its sister
institutions such as GRIDCo were established by the Government to play a
critical role in the accelerated development of the nation, as such it required
a determined and well-developed workforce to carry out this mandate.

“GIMPA has gained worldwide recognition
for providing excellent training in public administration and VRA is proud to
associate itself with this Institution, to promote local content in the human
resource development of Ghana,” he said.

Antwi-Darkwa said guided by its corporate
vision of being “A Model of Excellence for Power Utilities in
Africa”, the VRA was constantly seeking to improve the wellbeing and
capacity of its human capital in the areas of managerial, professional and
technical competencies, and this had been the Authority’s hallmark.

In his advice to the gradruands, Mr
Antwi-Darkwa said: “With your completion of this MPA programme, VRA and GRIDCo
have created a larger pool of staff available for the critical succession
planning required in our institutions”.

“Finally, I urge you all to utilise the
skills acquired on the programme effectively to move our companies and Ghana
through the many challenges we face.”

GNA

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