“To our VC, indeed, we have seen and witnessed the amazing progress and achievements that you have brought since you assumed leadership of the UPSA.
” As Chancellor, I would like to take the opportunity to profoundly thank you Prof Alabi, for the excellent job done. You are indeed, a remarkable trailblazer,” Drolor Bosso Adamtey I stated in his address during the eighth Congregation of the UPSA in Accra over the weekend.
“You have achieved for this great University what others only dream or talk about. In the shortest possible time, you have accomplished with the support of your dedicated team, what it would take many years,” he said.
The guest speaker at the congregation was President John Dramani Mahama.
The Chancellor further cited that just recently, the VC led a team of distinguished individuals to cut the sod to mark the beginning of the construction of a 3,000 seater capacity ultramodern auditorium project at the cost of GHC 77 million.
He announced that as Prof Alabi’s eight year tenure would be coming to an end on December 31, the UPSA Governing Council had put in place a search committee for the selection of a new Vice Chancellor.
He said they were confident that the next Vice Chancellor, would carry on the good works of Prof Alabi in moving UPSA forward by building on the sure foundation and structure which had being laid.
It was under Prof Alabi’s leadership that the former Institute of Professional Studies was transformed into a fully fledged University (UPSA).
Prof Alabi in his report to the congregation said the enrollment levels of the academic entity had moved from 4,000 to almost 12,000 students from 2009 to 2015 and gave the assurance that the enrollment figures could be increased to 15,000 by 2017.
He gave an overview of his stewardship over the past seven and half years, and promised that a document to that effect would published soon.
He said the UPSA is recruiting a total of 118 academic staff as its share of the total recruitment government is making for public universities.
The VC said the University has also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with World Vision International and other partners to transform small and medium enterprises into become viable entities.
He expressed his gratitude to the staff of UPSA for their diligence and hard work.
He also acknowledged the University Council, other Boards and Committees for their various roles in the smooth running of the University.
Prof Alabi also commended the students for their support and high level of discipline that had ensured the smooth running of the University and advised the graduates to be good ambassadors of UPSA.
At the event, the University also conferred an honourary doctorate degree on Chief Bashorun Dele Momodu, a renowned Nigerian journalist, publisher, businessman, philanthropist and motivational speaker.
He was honoured for his outstanding contributions to national and international public life.
Source: GNA/News Ghana