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Director General of GTEC Engages UESD Management & Unions

The Director General of the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC), Prof. Ahmed Jinapor led a four-member team to visit the University of Environment and Sustainable Development (UESD) as part of his engagement tour of tertiary institutions in Ghana.

Prof. Jinapor was received by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Eric Nyarko Sampson. They held a meeting in the Council Chamber along with some of the Vice-Chancellor’s management members and representatives of the four campus union leaders: UTAG, GAUA, SSA-UoG, and TEWU-GH.

GTEC is the education body that regulates tertiary institutions in Ghana. Prof. Jinapor, who has recently taken over the headship of the Commission, explained that the tour aims to foster relationships with managers of the tertiary institutions through his ‘listening’ tour to gain a better understanding of issues related to the governance of the various campuses and find ways to address them. He stated that he is committed to supporting UESD to achieve the vision they have for the institution.

Prof. Nyarko-Sampson briefed the Director-General on some of UESD’s activities, including the Community-Based Experiential Learning (CoBEL) and the Community Development Challenge awards programme. He also informed the Director-General about UESD’s first graduation, which is slated for November this year. The Vice-Chancellor also stated the challenges faced by the University, including financial issues, the need for office retooling, and the stalled GETFund projects.

The union representatives also spoke on issues relating to their conditions of service and raised other matters of concern.

In response, Prof. Jinapor praised the management of the University for the work it is doing and reiterated GTEC’s commitment to UESD’s programs and activities. He expressed GTEC’s willingness to work hand-in-hand with the University to complete the ongoing 450-bed capacity hostel on campus.

He also commended the union leaders for their continued support of management. He assured the union representatives that the issues they raised would be addressed and urged them to be measured in their agitations.

The Director-General and his team later visited ongoing and stalled GETFund projects.