The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Johnson Nyarko Boampong, and the Registrar, Mr. Jeff Teye Emmanuel Onyame, have received handing-over notes from their predecessors at a ceremony on campus.
Presenting the notes, the immediate past Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Joseph Ghartey Ampiah, urged Prof. Boampong to read the notes and refresh his memories about “what has happened, what is yet to happen the way forward as well as things to expedite action on”. He said working in the University could be very difficult but very interesting at the same time adding “There are many different characters you have to cope with and it cannot always be positive, there must also be negative”.
Prof. Ampiah noted that there were a number of issues to address in the statutes because some provisions which were anticipated to be included in the new UCC Law which Parliament could not pass because of the New Universities Bill the government intended to introduce. He therefore, advised that the statutes should be interpreted based on the University of Cape Coast Law 1992, Act 278 adding that “Anywhere there is a contradiction we need to revert to the University’s old law”. He pledged his support for the Vice-Chancellor to achieve his vision for the University.
All Inclusive Administration
Responding, Prof. Boampong indicated that he would galvanise the support of all other people to be part of the process so that in the end they would be able to continue the good work that Prof. Ampiah and his team of which he was a member had done. “I will also do my best to ensure that the united and peaceful university you have handed over to me is maintained” he prayed. He called on Prof. Ampiah not to hesitate to direct him when he was veering off. Prof. Boampong paid glowing tribute to past Vice-Chancellors, Registrars and other office holders who had contributed enormously in diverse ways to ensure that the University continued to grow. He assured of his commitment to work with Council and Management to further transform the University to a higher height.
Timeless Role of the Registrar
The immediate past Registrar, Mr. John Kofi Nyan said the Registrar’s job was timeless as it was with other administrative roles “You’re carrying the burden of everybody, it is your responsibility to make sure that the system works,” he noted. All areas of the University’s operation fall within the purview of the Registrar”. He was confident that the Mr. Onyame as a seasoned administrator would live up to expectation because he was familiar with the terrain. He wished the new Registrar, God’s wisdom, vitality, strength and the ability to ensure that consensus was built before decisions were taken.
Mr. Nyan reminded the Registrar that Council would be relying on him for the interpretation and advice on some provisions in the statutes “Sometimes there should be a delicate balance between what is there and what should be the reality. With your team of professionals, you should be able to assist Council and all segments of the University to accomplish the goals and objectives of the University.
Mr. Onyame in his response said he was not unaware of the task ahead. He said the task was a team work and he would continue to count on his colleagues to accomplish it. “The mark of a good leader is to be able to work with all people around him to achieve results,” he explained. Mr. Onyame thanked Mr. Nyan for his selfless and professional services to the University and indicated that he would continue to consult him for advice on various issues.