The University of Cape Coast (UCC) has rewarded 70 retirees with the assurance that management will continue to show commitment to the well-being of its senior colleagues by strengthening and providing the required resources to reach out to more retired staff.
The Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. George Oduro, who gave the assurance, said the retirees, including the outgoing Vice Chancellor, Prof. D.D. Kuupole, had contributed, significantly, good portions of the most productive parts of their lives in the institution.
The 70 members of staff, who retired from active service included 20 senior members, 31 senior staff and 19 junior staff.
Prof. Oduro said since the inception of the retirees outreach programme, 50 of “our senior colleagues have been visited in their homes at various parts of the country” at which the retirees were presented with gifts.
He expressed optimism that the move would strengthen the bond of relationship between the university and the retirees and also assured them that they could count on the university’s support at all times.
Prof. Oduro said although the major criterion for determining the value of the award had been the length of service, that had been reviewed, and all retirees who had served below 15 years received items in place of the usual cash awards.
On the strides made by the university in many exciting directions, he said: “All these landmarks were made possible through the collective efforts of students, faculty and staff as well as all those major key players in the field of tertiary education.”
The pro-vice-chancellor said while the university honoured and bid farewell to the retirees, those left behind should take time off to ponder over their relationship with the institution that, over the years, had played key roles in their livelihoods.
Prof. Oduro underscored the need for improved communication between management and staff and the retirees, stressing that, “Every one of us is capable of demonstrating good values such as punctuality, loyalty, honesty, trustworthiness, commitment and hard work to promote the University of Cape Coast.”
In a speech read on his behalf, the immediate past Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. D.D. Kuupole, on behalf of the retirees said, the university, through initiatives from the management, created a conducive atmosphere for the retirees to develop their careers up to that final stage of their working lives.
“Indeed, we owe who we are today to this great institution. It is remarkable to have had the opportunity to meet and interact with great minds and other great individuals, who in one way or the other served as teachers, administrators, mentors, motivators and counsellors while working with the university,” he stressed.
“Retirement is a relaxation period in life and as such let us take this opportunity to find time to rest fully, even though we may be engaged in work officially or unofficially,” he advised his colleagues.