Prof. Nana Aba Appiah Amfo has made her first public address since her appointment as the Acting Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana.
She gave the opening address as the University was swearing-in Madam Emelia Agyei-Mensah as the new Registrar of the University.
In her address at Sunday’s ceremony, Prof. Amfo admitted to some challenges Mrs. Agei-Mensah will be facing as Registrar of the University.
That notwithstanding, Prof. Appiah Amfo was confident that the new Registrar will excel in her new role in the University.
“There are many thorny issues that the new registrar will be confronted with but we are, however, assured that given her extensive experience in university administration and her sense of sober judgment, she will effortless perform excellently in this new role,”
Her appointment as Acting Vice-Chancellor of the University has been widely welcomed by students and persons even outside the University of Ghana community.
The Chancellor of the University, Dr. (Mrs.) Mary Chinery-Hesse has pledged to work closely with Prof. Aba Amfo to ensure that the University’s vision of becoming a world-class educational institution is realized.
Prof. Appiah Amfo, 49, is the first female to rise to the office of Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana.
She is also the youngest of all Vice-Chancellors of the various public universities in the country.
The legitimacy of the notice from the Office of the Registrar, announcing the appointment of Prof. Amfo as Acting Vice-Chancellor is alleged to contain falsehoods.
These claims, printed on paper and pasted indiscriminately on the campus of the university by faceless persons, claim that “no such [Council] meeting ever took place after the inauguration of the new University of Ghana Council to consider the relevant portions of both the new University of Ghana Act (806) and the University Statutes and, by extension, the decision to appoint an Acting Vice-Chancellor.”
But Dr. Chinery-Hesse, speaking on Sunday at the swearing-in ceremony of Mrs. Emelia Agyei-Mensah as new Registrar of the University, dispelled such claims
I will like to place on record my immense appreciation for the manner in which this ceremony and the activities leading to it have been conducted. The Council of the University was constituted only last week, and since then, there has been a flurry of activity to hold a Council meeting before the end of the month in order to make senior-level appointments that needed Council approval,” she said.