Though the University of Ghana Business School (UGBS) is highly esteemed as a model institution for business education and boasts a student population of over 3,000, recent economic and financial downturn has brought about a depletion in the required books for study in the school’s library. In an effort to support educational institutions and assist their needs in advancing education opportunities for young people, Vanguard Assurance, a leading insurance company in Ghana, has donated a quantity of business books to the UGBS at a ceremony in Accra.
The book donation also forms part of the company’s corporate social responsibility to engender the habit of reading among students and the general population.
About 100 books on various topics in business were donated.
According to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Vanguard Assurance, Mr Gideon Amenyedor, there is a wealth of information to gather from books through reading.
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He observed that reading was fundamental if one was to function effectively in society; hence, the decision to donate the books to the school to enable the students discover new things for themselves, become creative and also develop their minds.
“Vanguard will come up with incentives to give to students who regularly read the books from the library. The incentives will come in the form of a partial or full payment of school fees,” he said.
The Board Chairman of Vanguard Assurance, Mr William Keteku, who presented the books on behalf of the company, said cultivating a reading habit made one excel in various fields.
He charged the institution to take good care of the books so that it would benefit the future generation of students.
The Dean of the University of Ghana Business School, Professor Kwame Ameyaw Domfeh, expressed gratitude to Vanguard Assurance for assisting the school with such books of high value. He said the books had come at a time when the number of students kept increasing and outmatched the number of reading materials required for course work.
He was of the hope that Vanguard Assurance—being an institution that was determined to succeed—would continue to offer its assistance to the school in the coming years.
Story Jojo Sam