Government will be transparent, accountable at all times--Prez Mills assures Ghana ( Wednesday April 14, 2010 pg 13)

The President, Professor John Evans Atta Mills, has assured Ghanaians that the government will ensure transparency and accountability in all dealings.

He said this was necessary to ensure that revenue and other resources accruing to the state could be used to the benefit of all Ghanaians and not a selected few.

The President said this in a speech read on his behalf by the Deputy Minister of Education, Dr Joseph S. Annan, at the third graduation ceremony of the Regent University College of Science and Technology in Accra.

According to President Mills, “Everybody in the position of responsibility is a leader in one way or the other and should examine his or her conduct and attitude to the needs of the society.”

He said university education in the country needed to be positioned to meet the changing needs of the country’s economy and the demands of globalisation.

“In order to meet these challenges, we need to develop curricular and as well as employ teaching and learning techniques that align with the skills and other human resource demands of the world of work,” the President said.

He said the government appreciated the immeasurable contribution of private universities in developing human resources for the economy and would continue to respond to the genuine demands made these institutions.

The President also advised the students to cultivate the habit of good stewardship and accountability, both in resource and the use of time, to be able to stay on top in their chosen careers.

President Mills said the future success of the students would not necessarily depend on their certificates but what they did with the knowledge and skills they had acquired.

“Take bold decisions, venture into productive activities, respect time and its essence and have passion for excellence”, President Mills stressed.

In all, 243 students pursuing courses in Accounting and Information Systems, Banking and Finance, Management with Computing, Economics with Computing, Information and Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Information Technology and Theology graduated from the university.

Ms Joana Adwoa Komeh, an Accounting and Information System student, received the overall best student award, which comes with a 12,000-Euro scholarship to study in the Netherlands.

The President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the university, Professor Kingsley E. Larbi, said the greatest challenge facing the African continent was not inadequate resources but lack of effective leadership in the exploitation and management of the resources available to the continent.

He said “the collective challenge before us is to reinforce our human and institutional capabilities so that all sectors, firms, and individuals can acquire, adapt and use knowledge effectively, to enable us overcome poverty, disease, illiteracy and filth which have become our collective disgrace”.

Prof. Larbi said as part of measures to develop the university into one of the best, world-class institutions within 10 years, the school is building a purpose-built campus with facilities like a multi-purpose auditorium, sport halls, library complex, lecture hall, science, technology and engineering laboratories, hostel facilities, staff accommodation and a crèche for working mothers.

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