|The Faculty of Science of the university has received a spectrophotometer from the West African Gas Pipeline Company Limited, (WAPCO). The equipment, used in various scientific fields such as biotechnical research, agricultural research, food processing, petrochemical, pharmaceutical and forensic examination is valued at US$5,000.
Presenting the equipment, the Managing Director of WAPCO, Mr. Jack Derickson said the gesture was in fulfilment of the company’s social responsibility to contribute to the development of society through capacity building with partner institutions.He hoped the device would help deepen the students’ understanding of Science.
The Provost of the College of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences, Prof. Ahunu who received the donation on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. C.N.B Tagoe, expressed gratitude to the company and said the Faculty of Science would make the equipment available to other departments for their use. He used the occasion to appeal to philanthropists and other corporate bodies to emulate WAPCO’s example.
In his opening speech, the Acting Dean of the Faculty of Science, Prof. D.K. Asiedu said the donation was timely as it would enhance research work of the Faculty. He lauded the donors for initiating the donation. “What makes this donation unique is that it was initiated by the donors themselves without any formal request as is usually the case”. He hoped the donation will be the beginning of closer collaboration between WAPCO and the Faculty.
In a brief statement, the head of the Chemistry Department, Prof. V.K. Nartey said with the discovery of oil in the country, the onus rests on the department to produce quality human resource for industry. He therefore called on other benevolent organizations to support the Science faculty to enable it meet the country’s human resource capital.
Present at the presentation were faculty members and staff of the Chemistry Department, the General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Mrs. Harriet Wireko-Brobbey, and the External Relations Manager, Mr. Mark Mensah, both from WAPCO.
From left Mr. Derrickson, Prof. Ahunu and D.K. Aseidu Inspecting the equipment