School of Biological Sciences Holds 3rd K. N. Eyeson Lecture

The School of Biological Sciences under the College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences has held the 3rd Annual K. N. Eyeson Lecture. Instituted in 2015, the lecture was to honour Emeritus Prof. Kojo Ndzeba Eyeson for his immeasurable contributions to the development of the School and the University. This year’s lecture was on theme “Towards Effective Social, Educational, Environmental and Health Standards in Ghana”. Addressing the gathering, an Associate Professor at the University of Western Ontario, Prof. Isaac Luginaah, bemoaned the rising spate of which academic institutions in the country were placing emphasis on humanities to the detriment of science education. “We cannot compete with the global world with a declining science”, he said, adding that “any developed nation thrives on science”. Prof. Luginaah, who is also the Canada Research Chair in Health Geography, condemned illegal mining, popularly known as “galamsey”, saying such activity was destroying the environment and water bodies and cautioned that if care was not taken to arrest the situation, the country would soon import water from neighbouring Burkina Faso. He called on Ghanaians to develop critical minds to speed up the development of the country. He appealed to the University management to motivate researchers to enhance their research capacities for the University, in particular, and the nation, at large. For his part, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Joseph Ghartey Ampiah, announced that this year (2017), the University would organize Senior Citizens’ Day to honour all pensioners of the University for their remarkable contributions towards the development of the University during their heyday. The announcement was in response to an earlier appeal made by Emeritus Prof. Kojo Ndzeba Eyeson to have such a Day instituted to honour retirees of the University. The move, according to Prof. Ampiah, would also afford the retirees opportunity to interact with the management of the University and to make them feel at home. He challenged faculty members at the School of Biological Sciences to pool their resources to assist the welfare of all pensioners who passed through the School. “When people are alive, we should remember them; we should support them; and in so doing others will see that it pays to work hard”, said Prof. Ampiah, who chaired the event. Emeritus Prof. K.N Eyeson attended the St. Monica’s School (1942-44) Government Boys’ School (1952-51), Mfantseman School (1952-57) for his ‘O’ Level and ‘A’ Level examinations all in Cape Coast, and studied for the B.Sc. Honours degree in Zoology (1958-62) at the University of Ghana. He proceeded to the University of Leeds and between 1965 and 1968, obtained a PhD in Zoology, specializing in Comparative Endocrinology. Emeritus Prof. K. N. Eyeson had gone through all the gamut of teaching in the University of Cape Coast: he was appointed Assistant Lecturer by the University in 1963, he was promoted to Lecturer (in 1965) and then a Senior Lecturer in 1972. By dint of hard work, he was promoted again to the rank of Associate Professor in 1978 and ultimately to Professor of Zoology in 1988.