Presenting the keys to the bus to the Vice Chancellor, Prof J. S. Y. Kuma, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Minescho Credit Union, Prof William K. Buah, indicated that it was a joyous occasion for the Credit Union to be handing over the bus to one of the constituent members of the University Community. He said that the Board was approached by the SRC to support them to procure the bus and they readily accepted the terms of the agreement because, according to him, supporting the SRC falls in line with one of the objectives of the Credit Union which is to ensure financial inclusion for all members of the University Community. He was hopeful that the community at large will also benefit from the services of the bus. Prof Buah called on those who would manage the bus to put in proper management principles for the bus to last long so that the Credit Union could continue to support future projects.
The Minescho Credit Union has handed over a new 32-Seater Toyota Coaster Bus to the Student Representative Council (SRC) of the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), Tarkwa at a brief ceremony at the forecourt of the Union’s Office. The Credit Union entered into an agreement with the SRC for the purchase of the bus to be used to convey students and to make their movements easier and convenient. The bus is estimated to cost GH¢390,000.00.
The 32 Seater Coaster Bus
Receiving the keys to the bus on behalf of the University, Prof J. S. Y. Kuma said that it was some few months ago that the SRC approached Management of the University with a proposal to purchase a bus for the purpose of conveying students from the Gold Hall to and from campus. Management bought into the idea and asked that they got terms and conditions from three Financial Institutions who would be ready to help procure the bus. According to Prof Kuma, the SRC brought the terms and conditions from Minescho Credit Union and two other Financial Institutions but Management accepted the terms and conditions from Minescho Credit Union because they had the best terms and conditions. The request was subsequently approved by the University Council and that paved the way for Minescho Credit Union to purchase the bus for the SRC. Prof Kuma indicated that for the University it was a very good decision for the Credit Union to support the bus project and expressed his gratitude to the Board and Management.
Prof Kuma praised the out-gone SRC President, Mr Hamza Sherfif Mohamed for showing exceptional leadership because, according to him, Mr Sheriff devoted all his energies and efforts in making sure that during his tenure as President of the SRC, the students saw developmental projects on campus. Prof Kuma described him as a development oriented leader who worked for the welfare and interest of the students at all times.
According to the Vice Chancellor, the 2017/2018 SRC has been the best so far, as far as he was concerned, because since being the Vice Chancellor for the past five years and also having been in the University as a Senior Member for many years, this was the first time he was witnessing such monumental work from the Executives of the SRC. Prof Kuma, therefore, encouraged the in-coming SRC President, Mr Eric Osei Banahene to put up a better show of leadership during his tenure.
The procurement of the bus is one of the numerous projects undertaken by the 12th substantive SRC led by Mr Hamza Sherfif Mohamed. The other projects include a 300 meter stretch paved-road from the Chamber of Mines Hall to the bridge around the UMaT Library Complex was also constructed and in addition the volleyball court has been upgraded.
Responding, Mr Hamza Sherif thanked the University Council, the Vice Chancellor, the Dean of Students and more especially the Late Mr Matthew Asare, the former Acting Finance Officer of the University for the Good Counsel he received from all of them. He also thanked all his colleagues for supporting the dream to become a reality.
Also present at the ceremony were, the Pro Vice Chancellor, Prof V. A. Temeng, the Registrar, Mr A. K. Doku, the Dean of Students, Prof Bernard Kumi-Boateng, the University Relations Officer, Mr Paul Yeboah, the Manager of Minescho Credit Union, Mr Samuel Mwiniyorbu, other Officials of Minescho Credit Union and some out-gone and in-coming SRC Executives.
Source: Paul Y. A. Yeboah, (Head, University Relations Office)