“Exploit Context For More, Than Degree And Diploma” – Professor Stephen Adei tells Matriculants

Dean of faculty of Business Administration at the Pentecost University College Professor Stephen Adei has challenged students who have gained admission into the college to take advantage of every facility at the college to exploit for more aside been enrolled to peruse degree or diploma.

Professor Adei made this statement in his key note address during the college’s 10th Matriculation ceremony held for over 500 students at the Sowutuom campus on Saturday.

The dean mentioned in his address higher national education policy, vision and managerial capacity of the executive team including quality of discipline and attitude of students admitted amongst others when put together will make a great college. He said the educational policy environment under the control of the government and responsible for overall policy and through its agencies such as National Accreditation ((NAB)) and GETFUND, facilitates or frustrates players by the atmosphere they create.

Professor Stephen Adei however thinks more can be done to harness the potential of private universities by a simple change in attitude of public officials entrusted with overseeing higher education, if they would move from what he termed as ‘Controlling’ rather turn to ‘Facilitating mentality’ and appreciate that whether public or private institutions, those who get educated are Ghanaians.

Charging the Matriculants to exploit for more, he shared his memorable years at Sefwi Wiaso Training College; “My years at Sefwi Wiaso Training College are so memorial to me because beside the certificate A I went there for formally, I did my London University O-Level and Certificate of Education A-Level, I became a born again Christian and nothing has remained the same since I gave my life to Jesus as Lord and Saviour. All these were not part of going to Teachers’ Training College. In other words, I gained 10 times what my teachers taught me from godly felloe Christians students”.

He added at Legon besides a good education, he received discipleship, met the best woman God made and matured. “When I had opportunity to read my masters in Economics, I took advantage of the atmosphere to become a Charted Marketer. When I went to read for PhD in Economics, I not only had three children, but I became a Charted Company Secretary and a Theologian. What I am saying is that once enrolled, by all means get a degree or diploma but exploit the context for more.”

The Pentecost University College (PUC) traces its history to the year 1954 when The Church of Pentecost (then the Apostolic Church of the Gold Coast) started a World Mission Bible College (WWBC) which had not been active for years, was rebranded as Pentecost Bible Centre (PBC) in 1972 with an initial enrolment of 5 students for 2 years under the leadership of the founder of The Church Rev. James McKeon.

In March 2003, the college was upgraded to a University status with the vision of empowering students to serve their own generation and posterity with integrity and the fear of God. It was officially inaugurated by His Excellency Mr. John Agyekum Kuffuor the then president of the republic of Ghana during the 34th Session of the General Council Meeting of The Church held at Sowutuom, assisted by Apostle Dr. Michael Kwabena Ntumy who was the chairman at the time.

It was accredited as a full grown University College in the month of November, 2004 by the National Accreditation Board (NAB).

Paul AXADZI

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