Chiefs and elders of the nine adjoining communities of the University have commended the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Johnson Nyarko Boampong, and Registrar, Mr. Jeff Teye Emmanuel Onyame, for visiting and interacting with them in their respective communities.
They described the visit as historic since none of the past leaders of the University formally introduced themselves to the traditional leaders upon their assumption of office.
Welcoming the Vice-Chancellor and Registrar, the Family Head of Apewosika, Abusuapanyin Odasanyin, and his elders thanked the Vice-Chancellor for the visit. The spokesperson of the elders, Nana Nkwantabisa, said the visit was a sign of great things to come. He said the community was strongly behind them and would continue to work for the progress of the University. “We are tenants on the same land and if this University succeeds it affects members of the community,” he noted.
On his part, the Vice-Chancellor said the visit was to introduce themselves as the new leaders of the University. He noted that though UCC was situated on their land the services of the University was for the entire country and beyond. “We have workers and students from all over the country and the world and as such we indigenes of the communities close to the University should live together in peace,” he stressed.
Prof. Boampong noted that the UCC could only thrive if community members recognised that they were partners in the development process. “We don’t want a situation where there will be misunderstanding which could lead to agitations from members of the adjoining communities,” he emphasised.
From Apewosika, the Vice-Chancellor and the Registrar visited the Chief of Kokoado, Nana Kweku Enu III, and his elders at his palace,. The Vice-Chancellor re-echoed his call for peaceful co-existence between the University and the communities. “We know Kokoado is one of the closest communities and we share the land together but we need to be each other’s keeper,” he stated.
Nana Kweku Enu III, said the Vice-Chancellor and Registrar had earned his respect for visiting him and his elders. He was optimistic that their leadership would bring a new wave of positive change in the University. “We are touched by the move you have taken at this early stages of your leadership and pray for God’s guidance that you achieve the vision you have set for yourselves,” he prayed.
At the Chief of Kakumdo’s Palace, Nana Kofi Edu IV, was full of praise for the Vice-Chancellor and Registrar for the courtesies they had accorded him and his elders. “I don’t even know what to say because just yesterday we met you at the Omanhen’s palace and today you are here to introduce yourselves to me,” he narrated. Nana Kofi Edu IV who is also the Gyaasehen of Oguaa Traditional Council said he was confident that the two leaders would make a momentous impact on the University of Cape Coast with the manner in which they had begun their administration.
The Vice-Chancellor said the visit was the first of several interactions he would be having with the chiefs and elders of the adjoining communities to deliberate on ways of collaborating to help the University to achieve its vision and mission. He noted that his doors were opened for discussion on issues of mutual interest to the University and the communities.
The Vice-Chancellor and Registrar visited the remaining six communities and interacted with their chiefs and elders. These communities are Kwaprow, Akotokyir, Kwesi Prah, Amamoma, Ankaful, and Duakro. The chiefs and elders of the various communities called for scholarship and job opportunities for the indigenes.