GRASAG-Legon Opens Refurbished Reading Room

In the quest to provide conducive learning environment to its members, the leadership of Graduate Students Association of Ghana (GRASAG) – Legon, has refurbished their reading room at Akuafo Annex D.

The facility, refurbished at a total cost of GH₵15, 709.00 was opened to students for use on Monday, 13th March, 2017.

The reading room has been furnished with new tables and chairs, two air conditioners, carpet and curtains.

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In a welcome address at a brief ceremony to officially open the facility, the President of GRASAG-Legon, Mr Nana Kwame Asafo-Adjei reiterated his commitment to ensuring that members of the association learn and do research in a comfortable and serene environment.

Nana Kwame Asafo-Adjei, GRASAG-Legon President
Nana Kwame Asafo-Adjei, GRASAG-Legon President

He said, his administration is focused on ensuring that graduate members fulfil their core mandates as students- thus to learn and do research.

To this end, he indicated that leadership of the association organised series of workshops, seminars and training sessions, all in the quest to equip students with requisite knowledge and skills in order to undertake their graduate studies successfully.

"My administration has taken a keen interest in ensuring that our core duty here as students to learn and to research is enhanced. We have worked with Balme library particularly Research Commons to organise several series of research training, we've also worked with the UGCS to ensure or make sure that our students are up-to-speed with technology in terms of researching," he said.

He noted that, similar projects will be extended to other graduate campuses of the University of Ghana such as Korle-Bu and Atomic campuses.

The Dean of Graduate Studies, Professor Tano Debrah commended the leadership of GRASAG for taking the initiative to renovate their reading room, saying this is an indication that students’ monies are put to good use.

Professor Tano Debrah, Dean of Graduate Studies
Professor Tano Debrah, Dean of Graduate Studies

He added that this facility will add to existing resources which students can use to produce quality thesis and research works to meet the high standard the University expects of them. As part of his plans to ensure resource centres are closer to students, the Dean indicated that, he has proposed that an electronic library be built in-between Jubilee hall and Hilla Limann hall to serve students especially graduate students staying in those halls and surrounding ones to undertake effective study and research work.

On his part, the Dean of Students, Prof F.K.E Nunoo called on graduate students to participate in the activities of the Students' Representative Council (SRC).

He said the University has only one student's council and all graduate students are part of it.

Professor F.K.E Nunoo
Professor F.K.E Nunoo

"University of Ghana has got only one SRC and as graduate students, you are members of the SRC as well," he told graduate students at the ceremony and added that although the current constitution of the SRC prohibits graduate students from contesting for the position of the president of the council, he wants to see graduate students involve at different levels in the upcoming SRC elections.

Speaking on behalf of the Hall Management, the Senior Tutor of the Akuafo Hall, Dr. Vincent Von Vordzogbe revealed that the whole Annex D will be given to graduate students starting from next academic year.

Dr. Vincent Von Vordzogbe
Dr. Vincent Von Vordzogbe

He called on students to maintain the facility.

Former GRASAG President for 2006/2007 academic year, Mr Fred Amankwa-Sarfo, who chaired the ceremony thanked the president of the association and his team for this great initiative and said the facility will augment the efforts of the University authorities to ensure student have a more comfortable environment to undertake their academic work.

Mr Fred Amankwah- Sarfo
Mr Fred Amankwah- Sarfo

He supports the idea to have electronic library situated between Jubilee hall and the new four halls, and pledges to personally sell the idea to others in order to invest in this project.

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