Dr. Jimanatu Gomda
Jimanatu Gomda, a medical student of the University for Development
Studies (UDS), has picked five prestigious awards at the university’s 20th
Congregation 2019, held in Tamale.
The awards include the Vice-Chancellor’s prize for the best student in
MBChb, the Registar’s prize for the best student in MBChb, the Dean’s prize for
the best overall graduating medical student, Dr. Sory’s prize for the
all-round graduating medical student and Ghana Medical Association’s prize for
the best overall graduating medical student.
Speaking to DAILY GUIDE, Ms. Gomda, expressed joy for winning the five
awards as a medical student in the University for Development Studies (UDS)
She thanked her family (the Gomda family) for their love and support
throughout her studies.
She advised students, most especially females, to work hard towards their
education because as she put it “that will pay out someday.”
UDS graduated a total number of 4,735 graduands (4,549 undergraduates
and 186 postgraduates) with 10 PhDs in various disciplines.
Out of the total number of 186 postgraduates, 144 were males and 42 were
females and from the total of the 4,549 undergraduates, 92 obtained first
class, 1999 obtained second class upper, 1,210 second class lower and 78 had
The rest of the graduands, 1,170 were Diploma, Doctor of Medical
Laboratory Sciences and Medical Doctors (MBChB) (116).
The Vice Chancellor of the University for Development (UDS), Prof
Gabriel Ayum Teye, addressing participants at the graduation ceremony in
Tamale, said the university had been approved to run MSc Community Disaster and
Resilience Studies and BEd Family and Consumer Science by the National
Accreditation Board (NAB).
He appealed for the quick completion of ongoing infrastructural
projects to put the university in a better and a smooth take-off of the Wa and
Navrongo campuses as autonomous universities.
“I wish to make a passionate request for additional lecture space on
all the four campuses, in anticipation of an increase in students’ enrollment
from the first batch of students from the Free SHS system.”
The vice chancellor told the graduands that the university had
empowered them with the potent weapons to overcome some challenging situation
Responding to the infamous ‘Sex for Grades’ scandals, the vice
chancellor encouraged victims of sexual harassment, staff or students to report
the perpetrators of such heinous crime.
“Permit me to state that the academic excellence of female students in UDS has never been in doubt. The isolated cases of media reports on sex for grades should never be used as a yardstick to diminish the value of degrees awarded particularly to female students at the university.”
FROM Eric Kombat, Tamale