Provost Receives New USAID/Ghana Mission Director

The Provost of the College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences, Prof. L.K Sam-Amoah, has received the newly-appointed Mission Director of USAID/Ghana, Ms. Sharon Cromer, at his office. Ms. Cromer, who was accompanied by some members of the Mission, was in the University to introduce herself to the Provost and also used the opportunity to acquaint herself with progress of the project existing between the Center for Coastal Management (CCM) and the Mission.  The University of Cape Coast (UCC), through the Center for Coastal Management, entered into a partnership deal - Management Capacity Building Support Project - with the USAID GHANA in 2014. Under the deal, which is expected to end in 2019, the Project seeks to train personnel to support operations of the Centre in the critical areas of coastal governance, marine affairs, fisheries management and coastal adaption to climate change. Receiving the Mission Director, Prof. L.K. Sam-Amoah congratulated Ms. Cromer on her  appointment and expressed the University’s readiness to work with her as the new director. Prof. Sam-Amoah explained to the delegation the programmes and activities of CCT, including capacity building training workshops for some selected members of the public. He told them that the University would do everything it could to expand the human resource base of the Center. For her part, Ms. Cromer, who was re-appointed as the Mission Director in July 2017, thanked the University for the warm hospitality accorded her delegation. She recalled with fond memories during her service in Ghana as the Mission Director of USAID/Ghana between 2002 and 2007 and used the opportunity to share some of her  successes with the Provost. Ms. Cromer reiterated that she would continue the healthy partnership between the University and USAID/Ghana. She called for collaborative efforts to consolidate the Project so as to achieve sustainable results. Ms. Cromer and her delegation later inspected a refurbished laboratory of the Center, which was funded by USAID/Ghana. At the laboratory, a Principal Laboratory Technician, Mr. Peter Obeng, explained the operations of the equipment to the Mission Director and her accompanying delegation. Ms. Cromer urged users of the facility, mostly students, to put the equipment into good use and advised authorities to regularly maintain the items in the laboratory. Present at the meeting were the Dean of the School of Biological Sciences, Prof. Justice Sarfo; the College Registrar, Mrs. Mildred Asmah; the Head of the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, Dr. Noble Asare; and the Director of CCM, Prof. Dennis Aheto.