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Your Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana, Madam Chairperson Prof (Mrs) Justice Akua Kuenyehia, The Keynote Speaker, Prof Emeritus Samuel Gyandoh Jnr, Honourable Ministers of State, Honourable Members of Parliament, Your Excellencies, Members of Diplomatic Corps, Invited Guests, Conference Participants, Senior Members of the University, Fellow Students, The Media, Ladies and Gentlemen.

 I wish to warmly welcome you all to this 1st  day Conference on the theme: Ghana @60 –Evolution of the Law, Democratic Governance, Human Rights and Future Prospects under the auspices of our young but capable  Faculty of Law. On behalf of our university, I wish to specially welcome and at the same time thank Your Excellency for honouring our invitation coming soon after the hectic Ghana@60 celebrations and at this very busy time of setting up your administration. We are indeed very proud to observe that we are the first university in Ghana to have been visited by His Excellency since Ghana became sixty.

Your Excellency, ours is a fast-growing university which started as a professional institute about 50 years ago. A decade ago, (2005) our institute commenced university academic programmes. Paradoxically however, our transition from an Institute to a fully-fledged University was not supported financially by Government. Indeed we were the only Public University in Ghana which did not receive any seed money. There were only two buildings on this campus and very limited infrastructure. Thankfully, under the dynamic leadership of my predecessor Prof Joshua Alabi and his supportive management team, our university has been radically transformed infrastructure wise. Today, we can boast of a modern Administration block, state-of-the-art Lecture halls, impressive student hostel and a world-class Library. Due to these infrastructural expansions, we have been able to increase our student size from 500 to 12,000 within a decade.

Your Excellency, we would like to inform you that all these infrastructural achievements were from our own Internally Generated Fund (IGF). Currently we are putting up a 4000 Seater Auditorium and a 6 Storey Student’s Centre. We humbly appeal to Government to assist us complete these projects to enable us render improved services to our students and to the community.

Your Excellency, distinguished guests, the strictly knowledge-based educational system which has been practised in Ghana’s tertiary institutions has for years, denied graduates the requisite job skills needed to fit into Ghana’s economy.

It is therefore exciting to observe that the theme for our 2017 budget recently delivered by the Finance Minister is: Sowing the seeds for growth and jobs. Job creation is undoubtedly a top priority for Ghana today. As the leading University in the country mandated to offer both academic and professional programmes, our University is anxious to partner Government create job opportunities in the country by providing high quality and relevant business and professional education to Ghanaians.

Your Excellency, as part of our strategy to blend professional programmes with normal degree programmes aimed at making Ghanaian graduates more relevant and job-ready, we introduced new programmes last year. These included Law and Actuarial Sciences. This year we are starting BSc. in Real Estate and Finance and MPhil in Finance programmes among others.

In the light of these developments, we wish to appeal to Government to enable us recruit faculty and administrative staff to support the delivery of these and other programmes being currently developed. We are appealing to Government to exempt our University from the cap on recruitment and to enable automatic replacement of our staff who retire or resign.

Your Excellency, Government’s free secondary education scheme starting from 2017/2018 academic year is laudable. As operators in the tertiary education sector, we foresee the concomitant increased access to secondary education due to free education translating to increased demand for quality tertiary education in our universities within a few years. We as a university are appealing to government to consider the potential upsurge of demand for quality university education in the foreseeable future and increase financial and technical support to Ghanaian Public Universities for capacity development in readiness.

I remain excited over the prospects and the potentials this conference holds for advancing the issues of development in Ghana. By the close of this conference, I trust we would have unearthed and explored a horde of relevant networking and capacity building strategies and approaches in tandem with the theme of this conference.

Your Excellency, distinguished guests, I welcome you all to this conference. I have every cause to believe that we are going to enjoy ourselves socially, challenge ourselves legally and stimulate ourselves intellectually. We are going to make new friends and new contacts. We are going to leave this conference with refined perspectives, fresh insights and indelible positive memories.   Thank You and God bless You. 

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