The 1998 Alumni of the University has performed a ground-breaking ceremony for the installation of solar lights on some streets on campus.
The total cost of the street light project is estimated at GH¢28,000.
Giving Back to Alma Mater
Speaking at the ceremony, a representative of the 1998 Alumni, Mrs. Christa Osei-Mensah, noted that funds had been mobilised for the completion of work. “We are looking forward to the inauguration of the project in the first week of August,” she said.
Mrs. Osei-Mensah said members of the year group saw the need to give back to the UCC for contributing immensely to their successes in life. She noted that the group was making efforts to get other members of their year group to join them in order to mobilise more funds to embark on other projects for the University. “This is just the beginning of great things to come,” she assured.
Alumni Play an Important Role in the Development of Universities
The Provost, College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences (CANS), Prof. L. K. Sam-Amoah, who represented Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Joseph Ghartey Ampiah, commended the 1998 Alumni for remembering the University. He noted that alumni associations play an important role in the development of universities. “Top universities in the world depend heavily on their alumni to undertake some development activities,” he indicated.
Prof. Sam-Amoah said the project by the 1998 Alumni group was in line with UCC’s medium to long term plans. “Management has piloted some solar lights as part of efforts to go full solar with the street lights on campus,” he explained. He called on other year groups to emulate the example of the 1998 Alumni group.
The Vice President of the UCC National Alumni, Prof. Eric Nyarko-Sampson, described the gesture as symbolic since it coincides with the 20th Anniversary of the year group. He commended them for showing the path for others to follow. “Finish this task and take on another project,” he urged.
Prof. Nyarko-Sampson who is also a member of the 1998 Alumni encouraged them to go beyond the project to bring other colleagues on board for various social activities.