The Member of Parliament for Assin South, Rev John Ntim Fordjour, on Friday, 5 April 2019, donated 10 laptops and 20 units of LED streetlights to his alma mater, University of Mines & Technology (UMaT), Tarkwa.
This gesture, according to the politician and entrepreneur, is in support of the university’s innovation and entrepreneurship programme dubbed: "The Incubation Hub", which nurtures brilliant and groundbreaking innovations and inventions of students of the university.
Mr Ntim Fordjour is so far the first and only alumnus of UMaT to have been voted into Ghana’s Parliament.
Having graduated with a second class Upper degree in Mineral Engineering from UMaT in 2007, Rev Ntim Fordjour gave back to his alma mater which he so proudly touts as the best publicly-funded university in Ghana. At the presentation, Rev Fordjour indicated that: “It is most gratifying to give back, within my modest means, to a great institution which imparted me with unique values of excellence, the fear of God, and selfless leadership.”
As the main Speaker at the 5th Innovation and Career Fair of the university, and speaking on the theme: ‘Think Smart, Be Innovative’, Rev Fordjour challenged the students to devise creative and innovative solutions for the numerous problems and challenges evident in health, education, agriculture, industry and environmental sectors and by so doing, create opportunities of commercial scales in pursuit of the Ghana beyond aid agenda. He also called on the government, corporate bodies and donor partners to support the UMaT Incubation Hub and to provide the needed funding to convert the brilliant innovations and inventions into commercially viable products and services.
Expressing his appreciation for the gesture, the Vice-Chancellor of UMaT, Prof Jerry S. Y. Kuma who received the donation on behalf of the university thanked Rev Fordjour for his trailblazing gesture and commended him for the advocacy taken to rally support for the financing of the ultimate UMaT Master Development Plan which is estimated at $600 million.
He assured the alumnus and Member of Parliament that whereas the laptops will be very helpful for the Incubation Hub, the LED streetlights donated will also provide illumination and improve the security on campus and the residential areas.