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“I am Touched UEW is Introducing two Masters Programmes in Geography” – Dr. Bawumia

The Vice-President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency (H.E.) Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has expressed his delight towards the introduction of new two Masters Programmes by the University of Education, Winneba –M.Phil Geography and M. Ed in Geography.

H. E. Dr. Bawumia announced this on 8th August, 2018 during the Grand Opening of the 2018 Ghana Geographers/Geography Teachers’ Association Annual Conference held at the Jophus Anamuah-Mensah Conference Centre, North Campus, Winneba. 

His Excellency the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia (fourth from left), Ag. Vice-Chancellor of UEW (third from left) with some dignitaries and University Officials in a group photograph

The conference which was hosted by UEW was held under the theme “Geography, the Missing Link in Ghana’s Development Agenda?”.

Speaking on the theme, the Vice-President said that lack of individual and location identification have led to the deferral of Ghana’s development drive.

The Vice President and Ag. Vice-Chancellor together with some Officials (front row) listening attentively during one of the presentations at the Conference

“Among these complementary reasons, I may put location above individuals since individuals are found in locations and location is Geography. This means our development drive will suffer if Geography is relegated to the background.” He said.

H. E. Dr. Bawumia emphasised that a greater number of daily government businesses could be solved using Geography-based technology called Geospatial Technology.

Dr. Bawumi in a chit-chat with the Ag. Vice-Chancellor, Rev. Fr. Prof. Anthony Afful-Broni

“This means that Ghana needs spatial thinkers, the real trait of Geographers. I am saying this to emphasise what Government knows and for that matter some of the policies and programmes that Government has implemented and will implement.” He said.

The Second Gentleman of the land hinted that government had taken five giant steps to develop Ghana as well as Geography. He underscored that the steps include Free Senior High School (SHS), Introduction of Ghana Card, Creation of new Regions and Regionalisation, One-District-One-Factory and One-Village-One-Dam Projects and eventually the Property Addressing System.   

The Vice-President asserted that one major application of geography in Ghana’s development agenda was the imminent introduction of land digitisation.

The Omanhene of Effutu Traditional Area (middle), Neenyi Ghartey VII was present to grace the occasion

“Through the application of geospatial and block chain technologies we are going to embark on massive land records digitisation agenda that will bring ultimate efficiency in our land use and governance practices. The processes have begun for a base map land survey of the entire country starting at the next flying window.” He said.

H. E. Dr. Bawumia congratulated UEW particularly his good friend, the Acting Vice-Chancellor, Rev. Fr. Prof. Anthony Afful-Broni for taking the bold step to host the 2018 Annual Conference and playing host to the Vice-President of Ghana as well. He added that “I know it involves a lot of effort and sacrifice. Thank you very much”.

Some participants at the 2018 Annual Conference