Reverend Dr Peter Ohene Kyei, Rector of the Pentecost University College (PUC) has urged all well-meaning Ghanaians to wage a relentless war on corruption, which he described as spreading unhindered in the country.
According to him, the darkness of greed, self- serving leadership, disregard for the poor, was thicker than the darkness produced by ‘dumsor’ (unpredictable electric power outages), and this should be of concern to all good citizens of Ghana.
The Rector made the observation in Accra over the weekend at the PUC’s Seventh Congregation which coincided with its 10th anniversary, on the theme: A Decade of Excellence”.
At this 10th Anniversary graduation, out of 674 graduands, 295 representing 44 per cent were females and 379 (56 per cent) were males. A total of 31 students had First Class Honours.
Rev Dr Ohene Kyei explained that societal transformation and economic progress had direct link to the immorality and character of individuals, adding that “strong emphasis on morality and character was the foundation of the economic development of America”.
He said there was a need for transformational leadership to reverse the unfortunate perception of leadership in Africa as corrupt, self- serving and inability to deal with challenges that have plagued the continent.
Rev Dr Ohene Kyei said value based education played an important role in providing solution to the corruption predicament, and this should begin at the basic level.
He said the PUC as a Christian university was therefore committed to its vision; to educate the total person, spirit, soul and body; and tasked the graduands to use their degrees as bedrock for further learning and higher opportunities.
The Rector said the future of PUC was bright, as in the next 10 years management envisions PUC with Science and Technology as its focus.
He said preparations were being made to start Pharmacy and Engineering Laboratories; “we aim at providing Ghana with a University truly dedicated to science and technology, to provide solutions to our basic needs in Ghana and Africa in general,” he added.
Dr Rama Yelkur, Dean and Professor at the Saginaw Valley State University, USA, speaking as the Guest speaker, commended the PUC for a decade of successful journey of shaping lives, with education.
She said despite the increase in access to education and the availability of knowledge, the world continued to face an unprecedented level of immorality, an act compounded by the dynamics, social context and the complexity of the 21st century.
Dr Yelkur said this included selfishness, individualism, intolerance, hatred, violence leadership crisis, mismanagement and corruption; and urged the graduands to use the knowledge acquired to transform the society.
In another development, Mrs Elizabeth Ankumah, a Justice of the High Court and a member of the PUC Council, in her address at the University’s 12th matriculation ceremony, urged the students to aim for excellence.
She also advised them to find mentors among themselves and among accomplished faculty members, adding that “ I challenge you to make lifelong friendships, be willing to be exposed to new ideas, because all these things will be hallmarks of a time of intense growth and exploration on your path here at PUC”.
A total of 884 students were matriculated for the 2015/ 2016 academic year; to pursue various undergraduate and post graduate degree programmes. GNA