The leaders of the Effutu Traditional Council and the University of Education, Winneba have signed a declaration signifying a new relationship to forge ahead as equal partners.
The declaration came at a landmark meeting between the leaders in Winneba on Friday, through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which is expected to commit both parties to bring development not only to the university but the Effutu indigenes and the community at large.
According to the Acting Vice Chancellor of the University of Education Winneba(UEW), Prof. Afful Broni the university intends to take its Corporate Social Responsibility(CSR) to a new footing, with Effutuman expected to benefit from.
By the MoU, the university and the municipality commits to cooperate in ensuring the welfare of students and the generality of the members of the university, community on one hand and the people of Effutu on the other.
Among other details contained in the MoU includes: The University also commits to provide the necessary support as part of its corporate social responsibility from time to time.
The university further commits to promoting local content in its various activities including job opportunities and general business activities,
The municipality on the otherhand commits to doing everything possible as a policy maker in projecting the good image of the university.
The municipality further commits to ensuring that the security of the university community including students, staff are well protected.
The municipality further commits to ensuring that all social amenities are reasonably possibly, are provided for to create the enabling environment for academic work especially for students and staff who stay outside campus.
The parties commit to working in good faith to promote the socio-economic development and to explore tourism potentials for Effutuman.
Member of Parliament for Effutu, Alexander Afenyo-Markin, who was instrumental in forging this new relationship explained the reason behind it.
“As a community, it is our happiest day because we have been heard, and our people are happy that the authorities of this great university have heard them by committing to an MoU, an MoU that will benefit the students, community and the university itself. It ends a long journey to a symbolic socio-economic freedom.
My call however is on the youth to take advantage, not to abuse the new opportunity but to avail themselves and work hard, it is not a time for laziness, complaints, blame game but a time for hardwork, for the community also it is a time for unity. I must say I have a lot of confidence in the new dispensation, the new leadership led by Prof.Afful Broni, I have no doubt that the vision they are bringing on board, coupled with their own courage, in the next five years some great achievements will be chalked”
In attendance at the official signing of the MoU at the UEW campus at Winneba, were Neenyi Ghartey VII, Paramount Chief of Effutu Traditional area, former Member of Parliament, Dr.Ato Ayiribi Acquah, the Asafo group,and representatives from the Zongo chief.