The Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has challenged the country’s youth to take advantage of the government’s various initiatives and interventions to make a positive difference in their lives and the nation.
Reminding the youth that they are the future of Ghana, Dr Bawumia urged them to fully utilise their innate and learned abilities to “step up, do something great, and be counted.”
Vice President Bawumia made the call at the 13th Congregation of the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) on Saturday, during which 870 graduands, drawn from the UPSA School of Law and School of Graduate Studies, were awarded various degrees after years of study.
The University also conferred an Honorary Doctorate Degree on the Minister for Energy and MP for Manhyia South, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, for his meritorious service while serving as Minister for Education, during which he implemented several epoch-making policies and programmes, including the Free Senior High School (FSHS).
“A good society requires men and women ready to use their intellect and knowledge to addressing society’s problems and finding solutions to the benefit of the many. A good society requires a generation of citizens who are always looking for opportunities to lift the weak in society, opening doors wider for the less privileged.
“And it also requires respect for our fellow citizens and a desire to brighten the corner where ever you are. Mother Ghana needs you – your intellect, knowledge, discipline, and dedication to work,” he urged the graduates.
Commending the authorities of UPSA for leveraging technology in adapting to the new normal, including plans to migrate to an innovative and paperless electronic platform for its day-to-day administration in the wake of Covid 19, Dr Bawumia said the pandemic had presented many challenges across several sectors of the economy, including the educational sector. All stakeholders must support the government’s digitisation drive.
“Access to internet connectivity ensured that academic work, commercial transactions, social interactions and other academic and administrative activities were uninterrupted,” he said.
The government initiated a free-wifi project to provide Wi-Fi connectivity to 722 public Senior High Schools, 46 Colleges of Education, 16 regional offices and 260 District Education Offices. So far, 13 public universities had joined.
The benefits of a Free Wi-Fi Project, the Vice President said, for promoting education is enormous; “it will ensure continued learning and more importantly, lecturers, teachers and students will have access to the necessary educational information to enhance teaching, learning and research in our Universities and Colleges across the country.”
Dr Bawumia said education is the heartbeat of the government as President Akufo-Addo is passionate about producing productive problem solvers, innovators, and the nation at heart.
“Digitisation is a catalyst for reaching every youth with quality education, and we are determined not to leave anybody behind.”
Vice President Bawumia commended the authorities UPSA for recognising the many accomplishments of Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, “the hard-working, former Minister of Education, who executed government’s bold flagship programme: Free SHS with distinction.
“In recognition of his many accomplishments, Dr Prempeh was recently invited by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) to serve on its Mission 4.7 High-Level Advisory Group as an Honorary and Meritorious Member.
“I am very happy that he has also been recognised and honoured at home by UPSA. A well-deserved honour and it reinforces the high regard many have of him for his remarkable leadership role in the promotion of quality education in Ghana.”
Established in 1965 as a private institution, UPSA was taken over by the Government of Ghana in 1979. The Institute attained fully-fledged university status on 1st September 2008, when it was granted a Presidential Charter. On 9th October 2012, the Institute was renamed the University of Professional Studies, Accra, following the Presidential consent to the University of Professional Studies Bill passed by Parliament on 31st July of the same year bringing into effect the University of Professional Studies Act 2012 (Act 850).
Rex Mainoo Yeboah, ISD