Church of Pentecost Supports One Student One Laptop Initiative with 30 Computers

A delegation from the Church of Pentecost (COP) led by the Chairman, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, has paid a courtesy call on the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Nana Aba Appiah Amfo. The purpose of the visit was to congratulate the Vice-Chancellor on her appointment as the first female Vice-Chancellor of the University and support her vision for the University.

In his remarks, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, emphasized the need for mutually beneficial partnerships between both institutions. He added that, as one of the biggest denominational groups on campus, the Church thought it expedient to appoint a campus Pastor for the Pentecost Students and Associates (PENSA). He took the opportunity to introduce Pastor Kwadwo Obeng and his wife Mrs. Eunice Obeng as the ministers in charge of PENSA, Legon Chapter to minister to the membership of PENSA and other students who may need their services. Speaking on the motive behind the donation of the laptops, Apostle Nyamekye said “It is important to connect with society, impact the world, and be part of any development in the nation. So, we thought it wise to support your initiative with 30 pieces of computers on behalf of the Church of Pentecost”.

In response, the Vice-Chancellor, welcomed the delegation on behalf of Senior Management and expressed immense appreciation for the visit. She recounted the connections and long-standing relationship between the Church of Pentecost, Pentecost University, and the University of Ghana. Prof. Amfo said, “There is a strong bond of affinity and history, and this is the first church contributing to this project which is significant to us”.

Prof. Amfo lauded the idea and introduction of the campus pastor, noting that it was an essential role for instilling values in the youth. She further encouraged all present to have personal relationships with the youth to guide them to become useful citizens in the country. The Vice-Chancellor expressed concern about the lack of meeting spaces for students religious and social activities and was hopeful that Senior Management will make efforts to find a solution to it. Prof. Amfo noted that she looked forward to future collaborations between the Church of Pentecost and the University of Ghana.

The Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Academic and Student Affairs, and Chair of the VC's Digitalisation Implementation Committee, Prof. Gordon A. Awandare, in brief remarks, expressed immense appreciation to the Church for the kind gesture. He disclosed that all donors would be duly acknowledged and called on other individuals and organisations to come on board.

On behalf of the Vice-Chancellor and Senior Management, the Registrar, Mrs. Emelia Agyei-Mensah expressed appreciation to the leadership of the Church of Pentecost for the kind donation. She assured them that the laptops would be used effectively to enhance students’ efficiency in technology.

Earlier in introductory remarks, Prof. Stephen Owusu Kwankye, Associate Professor, Regional Institute for Population Studies, and Chairman of the Finance Board of the Church of Pentecost, noted that the Church is one of the forward-looking churches in the country with the agenda of influencing world systems with Christian principles. “With Christian principles, the world we live in would be more comforting, and free in terms of brotherly love”, he said.

Present at the event were Prof. Justice Bawole, Dean, University of Ghana Business School (UGBS); Prof. Ernest Yaw Tweneboah-Koduah, UGBS; Prof. Joseph Osafo Adu, Head, Department of Psychology; Prof. E. Nketiah-Amponsah, Acting Principal, University of Ghana, Kumasi City Campus; Dr. Samson Obed Appiah, Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology; Dr. Mrs. Gifty Nyante, Senior Lecturer, University of Ghana Medical School and Dr. Majoreen Osafroadu Amankwah, Senior Lecturer, Department of Organisational and Human Resource Management, UGBS.

Also present from the Church of Pentecost were; Rev. Larry Oti-Nyarko, Apostle Lawrence Otu-Nyarko, Prophet David Kankam, Apostle Emmanuel Gyesi-Addo, Pastor Ebenezer Hagan and Mrs. Priscilla Hagan.