The Vice Chancellor of the Valley View University, Professor Daniel Kwame Bediako says corruption is endemic among Ghanaians, and not just a select of the society.
He says instead of accusing collective groups and institutions like the Ghana Football Association, the Ghana Police Service and politicians of corruption, the nation should rather chastise individuals in those institutions who are corrupt so they would mend their ways.
Prof Bediako who made the admonition at the 24th Congregation of Valley View University and the 3rd Congregation for the Techiman campus in the Brong Ahafo Region, explained that it is unfortunate that it has become the norm that people hail and respect others because they are rich without caring about the source of wealth.
The occasion saw a total of 886 students from the Techiman Campus and Tamale Learning Centre being presented with certificates, diplomas and degrees in the fields of Business, the Sciences and Education, among others.
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The University operates from three campuses (Oyibi in Accra, Techiman in Brong Ahafo, and Kumasi in Ashanti) and two learning centres (Tamale in the Northern region and Takoradi in the Western region).
For the 2018/2019 academic year 2,876 students were admitted, bringing the total figure of enrolment to 9,295 as against last year’s total of 9,605.
The university currently has students from twenty-two countries.
The VC also called for the scrapping of the West African Examination Council since it has outlived its usefulness.
According to Prof. Bediako, as an institution bequeathed by colonial masters, it has not been able to bring any better changes to the moral development of the nation, adding that, after several years of passing many students, it has not been able to bring any positive impact on the social lives of the people.
He rather suggested the formation of a well thought-out institution that would be able to bring moral and technical training to the people to match up with the current state of market needs of employers.
The Minister of Health, Dr. Kwaku Agyemang-Manu, who was the Special Guest, commended the university in its role in the training of health personnel in the country.
He pledged government’s support towards the operations of the university in the delivery of quality education to support the various facets of the economy.
The Minster encouraged the youth to take advantage of the various job creation initiatives put in place by the government to reduce graduate unemployment and to increase the nation’s productivity.