The UHAS Community gathered on October 20th to celebrate 125 individuals and institutions that were instrumental in facilitating the set-up of the university 10 years ago. The Registrar, Ms. Yaa Amankwaa Opuni, told awardees at a dinner held in their honour: “These first ten years of UHAS’ growth would not have been possible without your support, dedication and sacrifices.”
Awardees were recognized under the following categories: 8 Major Beneficiaries; 6 Community Partners; 12 Professional Facilitators; 4 Health Sector partners; 9 News Media organisations; 14 Foundation Council members; 72 Staff who were appointed from January 1st 2012 to December 31st 2012; and 16 Temporary Workers who began providing services from January 1st 2012 to December 31st 2012.
First in the Major Benefactors category was the late president of Ghana, Prof. John Evans Atta Mills, whose posthumous award acknowledging his “visionary role in conceptualizing and establishing” UHAS, was received by a family representative. The People’s Republic of China who are development partners of UHAS; Hon. Samuel Okudzeto-Ablakwah, who was then Deputy Education Minister (Tertiary); Dr. Christine Amoako-Nuamah and Prof. Samuel Sefa-Dedeh, who were appointed to serve on the implementation committee; Professor Esi Awuah, who composed the UHAS Anthem; and Mr. Emmanuel Chance, who provided office and accommodation space to the first crop of UHAS staff, were also recognized under this category, along with the University of Ghana, which has been mentoring UHAS since day-one.
The Community Partners category comprised the Chiefs and people who donated lands and other resources upon which the various campuses of the university continue to be built. Royal representatives were present in full splendour to accept awards on behalf of the Chiefs and people Asogli State, Adaklu Kodzobi, Sokode, Gbi, Fodome, and Hlefi Traditional Areas.
The Foundation Staff category was led by Founding VC Prof. Fred Newton Binka, followed by all the men and women he rallied into the trenches to do the work that was urgently needed.
Following the Foundation Awards categories, Chairman of Council Justice Victor J.M. Dotse, then presented two special awards, on behalf of the University Council and Management, to former Vice Chancellor, Prof. John O. Gyapong and former Registrar, Dr. Cynthia Sena Kpeglo, in appreciation of their years of devoted service to the university.
The ceremony was interrupted by one of the “market day” rain showers for which the Oxygen City is notorious, temporarily interrupting and redirecting the flow of festivities. The awards Dinner was attended by awardees and staff of UHAS.