President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has called on tertiary institutions, particularly the University of Education, Winneba (UEW), to continue to produce professional educators who will spearhead the government’s new national vision of education aimed at championing rapid economic and social development.
The President made the call during the investiture and induction of the Omanhene of the Effutu Traditional Area, Nai Ghartey VII, as the new Chancellor of the University of Education, Winneba.
He charged the Omanhene to use his office to ensure peace at the university. He also lauded Alhaji Asumani Banda, the immediate past Chancellor of the university, for steering it to greater heights, emerging as the third-best university in Ghana in 2016 and adjudged the most sustainable university in Ghana last year.
The President also assured of government’s steadfast commitment to continue to support the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) and other public universities in the country.
He applauded the authorities of UEW for choosing Neenyi Ghartey VII, who he described as a firm believer in academics, as the Chancellor.
“It is my expectation and hope that UEW, whose core mandate is to produce professional educators to spearhead the new national vision of education aimed at re-directing Ghana’s efforts along the path of rapid economic and social development, will continue to produce graduates who will be bold to take up opportunities and possibilities for higher achievement.
“This should be done through innovation and creativity in today’s science and technology-led global knowledge-driven economy,” he stated.
Nai Ghartey VII assured the President of his readiness to chart a new path that will continue to improve and expand the gains of the university.
Neenyi Ghartey expressed appreciation to the President and all other officials for the honour done him, and also for their support to the growth of the university.
He also thanked the former Chancellor of the university for the many accomplishments done on behalf of the university, and assured that he would continue from where he left for the continuous growth of the university
He also promised to use alternative dispute resolution to ensure peace in the university which has in the recent past seen a lot of wrangling.
The Chairman of the UEW Governing Council, Nana Ofori Ansah I, said Neenyi Ghartey’s appointment, which was in line with the provisions in Act 204 and Act 672 of UEW, commenced on April 1, 2023.
Neenyi Ghartey, known in private life as Daniel Kobina Bortse Ghartey, was born on Tuesday April 3, 1956. He started his basic education at the Winneba Urban Council Primary School. He continued to the then Methodist Middle Boys School from 1967 to 1970, and was later enrolled at the Accra Academy Secondary School where he successfully completed the General certificate of Education, Ordinary Level (GCE O’Level).
He completed the General Certificate of Education Advance Level in 1977 at the Winneba Secondary School.
He was awarded Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with Honours in Animal Science in 1980 at the University of Ghana, Legon.
He was privileged to earn a Commonwealth scholarship through the Ministry of Agriculture, and enrolled at the Central Poultry Training Institute, Hesaraghatta, India, in 1988 where he attained advanced knowledge in poultry nutrition and feeding in 1989.
He further attended Ruppin Institute of Agriculture, Emek Hefer in Israel, where he majored in farm management, planning and extension.
Additionally, he enrolled at the University of Cape Coast in 2009 to 2012 to further his education, and was awarded a Master of Philosophy in Development Studies.
The programme was spiced with musical and colourful cultural displays by the School of Creative Arts of the University, with the two Asafo Companies (Tuafo No. 0ne and Dentsifo No. Two), also entertaining the gathering with traditional war songs.
Among the dignitaries who graced the ceremony were the Central Regional Minister, Mrs Justina Marigold Assan; Minister of Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr Stephen Asamoah Boateng; some Ministers of State, chiefs from the Central Region and the National House of Chiefs, led by its President, Ogyeahoho Yaw Gyebi ll.
Later, Nana Ofori I, Chairman of the University Council, and Professor Mawutor Avoke, Vice Chancellor, joined the President to robe Neenyi Ghartey.
The Council Chairman, the Vice Chancellor and the Acting Registrar, Mrs. Wilhelmina Tete-Mensah, further performed the enthronement.