Dear Fellow UMaT Alumni and Friends:
Once again, another year is coming to an end. A period where we evaluate our activities for the past year and go through resolutions for the coming year. For us as an Alumni Association, we must take stocks of our activities during this festive season:
*1. Three Million Cedis (GHS 3 million)*
Contributions to the Endowment Fund has so far been modest, and truth be told, not as expected, considering the enthusiasm with which the vision was embraced. Now, very insignificant contributions have been made from pledges. Total amount received this year is around GHC 51,170 and the leadership of the association would like to plead to members, especially those in the diaspora to contribute in the coming years. During the visits to the branches, we encouraged members to voluntarily contribute to the Endowment Fund as we have only two years to raise the amount of GHS 3 Million. For those of you, who redeemed your pledges or have made steps to redeem your pledges, we say thank you for your engagement and support.
*2. 2017 Annual Alumni Lecture*
The annual Alumni Lecture, a landmark activity of the Alumni Association and the University was held on 20th October 2017. This was the 5th Annual ALUMaT lectures, presented under the topic: Ghana’s Railway Infrastructure Development; Challenges and Opportunities for the Ghana Mineral Industry. The speaker was Alumnus Dr. Peter Amponsah-Mensah. The lecture was graced by the Special Guest of Honour, Hon. Joe Ghartey, Minister for Railway Development, under the Chairmanship of Prof J.S.Y. Kuma, Vice Chancellor of UMaT. I must say that the attendance from the University community and the alumni groups was overwhelming and it exceeded our expectation. Just as the previous four lectures, the impacts from these lectures have far reaching benefits. I entreat the Alumni Association to look forward to these lectures as part of their career development as it is facilitated by senior and experienced ALUMaT members.
*3. Alumni Office on Campus*
The ALuMaT Office, established last year was not active due to the absence of an office assistant. By courtesy of the University’s management, a national service person was assigned to the office this year. Also, the ALUMaT branch in Perseus Mining (Ghana) Ltd donated a desktop computer to be used in the alumni office. The Edikan Mine branch played an integral role in acquiring the computer for the donation. The four offices have been furnished with tables and chairs through generous contributions from ALUMaT members. The national leadership is looking forward to payment of dues by members through their respective branches.
*4. Alumni Homecoming*
The 2017 annual alumni homecoming event was called off, as the previous years have not been encouraging. With the revitalization of the various branches by the national executives, we hope to plan next year’s home coming in a grand style. The program’s arrangements will be communicated to all members in early next year.
*5. National ALUMaT Executive Council Meetings*
The 3rd ALUMaT Executive Council Meeting was held during the congregation in July 2017. Unfortunately, attendance was low. Thus, top item on the agenda, the ALUMaT constitutional review, was deferred.
*6. Appointment of Chancellor of the University*
The ALUMaT Vice President represented the association on the search committee for the Chancellor of the University. The work of the committee has culminated in the appointment of His Excellency, former President John Agyekum Kufuor as the chancellor for a five-year term with effect from November 1, 2017. This is an indication of our relevance and partnership with our alma mater in the decision-making of the University.
*7. Membership Drive – Visit to Branches*
Membership drive was an important activity during the year and it was achieved through visitations to the branches. The branches visited include:
▪ AngloGold Ashanti, Iduapriem Ltd.
▪ Ghana Manganese Company.
▪ Goldfields Ghana Ltd, Damang Mine.
▪ Golden Star Resources Ltd, Bogoso Mine.
▪ Golden Star Resources Ltd, Prestea Mine.
▪ Perseus Mining Ghana Ltd.
▪ Kinross Gold Ltd, Chirano Mine.
On behalf of the national executive members, I wish to express my profound gratitude to all the branches that welcomed our team to your various sites. Thanks to all members for your participation during the meetings with the ALUMaT executive team. It is my understanding that the visitations have immensely contributed to the revival of the various branches to keep the ALUMaT fire burning across the country. I would encourage the branches that are yet to elect their branch executives to do so at your earliest convenient times. We intend to reschedule and continue with the branch visitations to the remaining branches during the first quarter of 2018. Also, let us all congratulate the ALUMaT Vice President, the Secretary and the University Relations Officer to the Endowment Fund Committee.
As we seek to intensify alumni pride, commitment and support for our alma mater, UMaT in the coming year, I look forward to working more closely with each one of you. Always remember that the National Executive Committee is mandated to serve and we look forward to being of service to each of you in 2018. I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year with abundant blessings from the Lord.
Afehyia pa oooo !!
Stephen Kofi Ndede (1988-year group)
President, UMaT Alumni Association, 2014-2018