Winneba (C/R)- Mr Alexander Afenyo-Markin, the MP for Effutu Constituency, the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) and the Efutu Traditional Community signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to enhance the mutual corporate social responsibility between the university and the Efutu community.
Nenyi Ghartey VII, Paramount Chief of the Traditional Area, who acted as the Chairman of the University Council; Rev Fr Prof. Anthony Afful-Broni, the Acting Vice Chancellor of UEW, signed for their respective organisations.
The ceremony, which took place at the main Winneba Campus, attracted the Metropolitan Chief Executive, Mr John Bartholomew Ninson; Assembly Members, Opinion Leaders, Imam and former MP for the area, Dr Ebenezer Ato Ayirebi-Acquah.
The elated MP commended the parties involved for their commitment to raising education in the area and the signing of the MOU, which he said, was a symbolic understanding among the parties involved.
If my term ends today, I will thank my God, Mr Afenyo Markin said and thanked Dr Ayirebi-Acquah for the being the brainchild of the University.
Mr Afenyo-Markin noted with commendation that the former MP, despite being from another side of the political divide, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) was an inspiration to him, and worked very hard to see to the transformation of the institution into a university.
He said there is a high rate of poverty along the coastal communities in the constituency, and called on the youth from the area to take advantage of the university and the new memorandum to develop their capacities, as means of redeeming themselves out of the challenge of poverty.
Today will be a day people will sleep deep and snore, Mr Afenyo Markin said.
The MP, and also the Acting Vice Chancellor, commended the Government for introducing the free Senior High School and the proposed introduction of the double-track system, and urged the community to take advantage and increase their enrolment secondary education
Rev Fr Prof Afful-Broni said the signing of the MOU signifies the emergence of a new university-community relationship that would progressively forge ahead as equal partners in development, equal stakeholders providing education and training teachers for the nation.
This is a team working in the interest of our dear nation to the satisfaction of everyone, especially you the indigenes of and residents of Effutu.
We are stepping up our Corporate Social Responsibility on a new high footing and Effutuman will be harvesting the fruits pretty soon. Our newly branded Corporate Social Responsibility intervention and cooperation is covering several areas including Primary and Secondary Education, Library resourcing, Entrepreneurship training, Security and Employment, the Acting Vice Chancellor said.
He added: We wish to indicate that, in all these, because UEW’s mandate is in education and teacher training, we want to assure our partners gathered here we shall do everything within our core mandate and our limited resources to support the provision of education for the sons and daughters of Effutu as well as Ajumako, Kumasi and Asante Mampong.
Our knowledge and expertise in matters concerning education will be put at the disposal of Effutuman. Education is where our expertise and professionalism lie, so that is where we shall direct much of our strength in this excellent and blossoming partnership.
Neenyi Ghartey VII commended the Acting Vice Chancellor on his role in the forging of the MOU, and urged him to bring his pastoral skills and to bear on the university.
Neenyi Ghartey VII promised the full cooperation and active participation of the Governing Council and Traditional Council in actualizing the MOU.
Source: Ghana News Agency