UEW Department of Social Sciences holds confab

BY: Samuel K. Obour

The Department of Social Sciences Education of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW), has organised a one-day conference on risk management decision-making in Winneba.

The conference, a collaboration between the Social Sciences Department of the UEW and the Investment Climate and Business Environment Research Fund (ICBE), was aimed at disseminating risk management research report to  small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Ghana to enhance their operations.

Welcoming participants  to the conference, the Pro-Vice Chancellor of the UEW, Prof. Emmanuel Nicholas Abaka, said research works must be beneficial to the communities in which they were carried out.

He described the theme for the conference: “Risk Management Research Dissemination”, as very appropriate.

He said every university existed for three things — teaching, research and community service — and stressed that research upgraded the knowledge of teachers in order to produce quality students who would work well for the development of society.

The Pro-Vice Chancellor described the private sector as core in the wheel of national development and needed the support of all stakeholders to make it functionally effective.

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He commended the organisers of the conference for their laudable initiative.

Participants, drawn from the Northern, Ashanti, Western, Central and Greater Accra regions, included personnel from credit unions, the National Board for Small Scale Industries (NBSSI), micro-finance and insurance companies, private entrepreneurs and students.

A participant, Mr Kingsley Arko-Sam, the Manager of the ILO Edwumapa Credit Union, a non-bank financial institution based at Winneba, said the conference was beneficial because it afforded the participants the opportunity to tap into research knowledge and give back practical experience from their operations to enhance research activities and service delivery for the good of the country.

The participants commended the organisers of the conference and the two principal facilitators — Dr Gershon Yawo Dake, the acting head of department, and Mr Ansem Komla Abotsi, both of the Social Sciences Education Department of the UEW, for a good work done and called for the practical implementation of research recommendations by appropriate state authorities and agencies.