Ghana’s Former High Commissioner to South Africa, His Excellency George Ayisi-Boateng, has paid glowing tribute to the Acting Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Frederick Kwaku Sarfo, and the Staff of the Akenten Appiah-Menka University of Skills Training and Entrepreneurial Development (AAMUSTED), for their hard work that has culminated in the government elevating the erstwhile Kumasi and Asante Mampong campuses of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW), to full-fledged autonomous university status.
He made the commendation when he paid a courtesy call on the Acting Vice-Chancellor on January 20, 2021.
High Commissioner Ayisi-Boateng, an old student of the former Kumasi Campus of UEW, observed that the unique mandate bestowed on AAMUSTED to train TVET teachers in the country made it necessary to resource the University and to support it to succeed. That way, he said, AAMUSTED could make the expected meaningful contribution to the development of Ghana.
Therefore, he assured the Vice-Chancellor that he would explore every available source to seek support to help AAMUSTED in its quest to develop. He also appealed to all alumni of the University to rally together and help AAMUSTED to grow.
He said he had barely settled down upon arriving in Ghana a couple of days ago but could not wait to visit his alma mater because of the autonomy the University had gained from UEW, and also because of his desire to see at first hand the progress that the University had made over the four years that he had been away from the country.
He expressed unreserved thankfulness to the University for the quality training it (the University) gave him as its student and the impact that training had contributed to the person he is now.
In what appeared to be a reciprocal gesture, the Vice-Chancellor, on behalf of the Governing Council and the Management of the University, also commended High Commissioner Ayisi-Boateng for his undying interest in the University and support. Particularly, he recalled instances when the High Commissioner heeded the call for help from the University.
He hinted that much of the discussions he has had with the High Commissioner centered mainly on strengthening the bond between them and also the important steps that could be taken to attract development to AAMUSTED.
He was optimistic that High Commissioner Ayisi-Boateng would give meaning to the good intentions he has for the University. He was also sure that High Commissioner Ayisi-Boateng would go at every length to propel AAMUSTED to greater heights.
Prof. Sarfo was profuse in indicating the University’s pride in the High Commissioner for having risen to a very high status in his political career.
“What is very admirable about you is the excellent manner you have discharged your ambassadorial duties over the four-year tenure. I must say that your work has further improved the diplomatic relations between Ghana and the South Africa, and by a stretch, contributed to the overall development of our nation. AAMUSTED is very proud to have been part of your grooming,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Vice-Chancellor thanked the government for establishing AAMUSTED as a major key to set Ghana free from the unemployment quagmire. He noted that the success of AAMUSTED would lead to improved job creation and industrialisation of the country.