Prof. Philip Duku Osei.

The Governing Council of newly established Simon Diedong Dombo University of Business and Integrated Development Studies (SDD-UBIDS) has paid a courtesy call on the Upper West Regional Minister Dr Hafiz Bin Salih.

The call was to formally introduce the governing council to the Minister and to reiterate its position to bring the needed development to the University.

Speaking to the Regional Minister, the Interim Vice Chairman of the Council, Naa Puowele Karbo said the President did not only give the region a school but rewarded the region by naming the university after a true son of the region.

He recalled the role S.D. Dombo played in the political development of the country.

Naa Karbo was hopeful that the University will transform lives of the people of Ghana as well as enhance the infrastructural development to the Upper West Region.

The Governing Council of the SDD-UBIDS is chaired by the President’s nominee Prof. Felix Dapare Dakora.

The Regional Coordinating Director, Gilbert Nuuri-teg (standing) welcoming the Council members

Other members are the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Philip Duku Osei; Vice Chairman, Naa Puowele Karbo; Ms Ramatu Cynthia Yawson, Dr Philomena Efua Nyarko, Dr Joseph K. Wulifan and Mr Matthew D. Kyaglser. The rest are Mr Yeng Simon Bonsodong, Prof. John-Eudes A. Bakang, Ms Leticia Benewah Osafo-Addo, Mr Abledu Bright Sakyi and two other members from convocation and the alumni.

The interim management of the university is led by Prof. Osei, Mr Emmanuel Baidoo, the Registrar, and Mr Abdulai Suglo, the Finance Officer.

Upper West Regional Minister, Dr Hafiz Bin Salih, described the new university as a dream come true.

Dr. Hafiz Bin Salih and Vice Chairman of the Council, Naa Puowelle Karbo.

“UDS had transformed lives of the people of the Upper West Region and it is my expectation that now that we have our own University it will even do more for the people in the region,” Dr Bin Salih stated.

Dr Hafiz Bin Salih was optimistic that the personalities that constituted the council will bring their vast experiences to bear on the activities of the university.

He appealed to the council to fast track it activities to ensure the smooth running of the school as soon as possible and pledged the support of RCC towards the success of the university.

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Philip Duku Osei, said the council is ready and has taken up the responsibilities entrusted to it.

“We are ready and have taken up the responsibilities that has been entrusted in us and we have done temporary reconnaissance of the two campuses, the old site which houses the Business school and the new site which is housing the Integrated Development Studies and we have seen the enormity of the task ahead of us and we have planned to do reorganisation of some programmes,” Prof. Philip Duku Osei revealed.

He indicated that plans are far advanced to do reorganisation of some programmes in the faculties and through staff development to enhance the capacity of the administrators.

The council was sworn in by the Minister of Education, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, two weeks ago.

During the 25th graduation of the University for Development Studies (UDS) in Tamale in November 2019, President Akufo-Addo announced that Cabinet had given approval for the Wa and the Navrongo campuses of the university to become autonomous universities.

Story filed by Dennis Bebane.

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