Prof. Nana Aba Appiah Amfo, the newly appointed Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana, has urged President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to intervene in the payment of the university’s debt in order to relieve the school of its financial burden.
The University of Ghana was recently hit with a $165 million judgment debt as a result of the Africa Integras arrangement being terminated.
Prof. Nana Aba Appiah Amfo, speaking during her induction ceremony, said the government’s assistance will allow them to start over.
“Financial obligations, coming primarily from judgment debts and failed agreements, have devoured the management of UG in recent years.”
“Mr. President, I’d like to make a plea to your government to free us from this rogue that is impeding our efforts to become truly world-class. I’m making a personal plea to you to help us pay off our regrettable debt so we can start fresh.”
During Prof. Nana Aba Appiah Amfo’s stint in office, she also announced the implementation of a “one-student-one-laptop” policy.
She claims that the effort will assist students prepare for the technology revolution.
“I aim to implement a one-student, one-laptop policy, in which we will work with existing ICT institutions to supply laptops or portable devices to our students and employees.”
“In this sense, Mr. President, we will need your help and that of your government to waive taxes so that our students and staff can purchase these equipment.”
At the same event, President Akufo-Addo expressed his support for the University of Ghana’s newly appointed Vice Chancellor.