The Minister of Education, Hon. Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh has remarked that Ghana’s challenges in the area of environment and sustainability call for strategic leadership and innovation if we are to resolve them and improve the lives of our people.
Dr. Prempeh made these remarks when he inaugurated the interim council of the newly established University of Environment & Sustainable Development in Accra. “The establishment of the UESD has come at an appropriate time, and it the expectation of President Akufo-Addo that the university will provide strategic leadership on environmental and sustainability issues and grow as a centre of excellence and research”, he noted.
He urged the maiden council to put the university on the path to these great heights and expressed the President’s confidence that they will live up to expectation.
The Minister further urged the interim council to ensure that it manages the recruitment of faculty and non-faculty staff as well as students in a fair, transparent manner.
He reminded them that the structures that they put in place, and the processes involved in those structures, will determine the future path of this new university.
The UESD is based in Somanya in the Eastern Region. Its 15-member council is chaired by Prof. Jonathan N. Ayertey. Officials present at the event included Prof. Kwesi Yankah, Minister of State in charge of Tertiary Education, Mrs. Gifty Twum-Ampofo, Deputy Minister of Education (TVET), Mr. Benjamin Gyasi, Chief Director, Ministry of Education and Prof. Mohammed Salifu, Executive Secretary of the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE).