HR Organises a Fitting Send-off Party for 2020 Retirees

The Division of Human Resource (HR) on Thursday, 24th September, 2020, held a befitting send-off party for 30 retirees of the Winneba and Ajumako campuses of the University at the Jophus Anamuah-Mensah Conference Centre (JAMCC) car park, North Campus, Winneba.  

The 30 retirees constituted 14 senior members, seven senior staff, and nine junior staff. The ceremony which is usually held at the SEMSA Club House was relocated to the JAMCC car park to enable the apt observation of physical distancing as part of the COVID-19 safety protocols.  

Prof. Andy Ofori-Birikorang, delivering the farewell message

In a farewell message to retirees delivered on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor by the Ag. Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Andy Ofori-Birikorang, he assured retirees that UEW would always be their home away from home. He indicated that the University would receive them with warmth anytime they visited. 

“One thing that we can assure you is that UEW would always be your home away from home. The place, where the heart is and where the body and soul even as you retire, would always be willing to go back again and again. We want to assure you that when you come back, anytime, we shall receive you with warm hearts and hands.

Some of the retirees receiving their citations

“So to our retirees, we say we appreciate your thoughtful study approach to solving many of the problems that our institution had, big and small. In all those various ways, you prove that you were gallant men and women who had the Institution at heart. Working with you truly made a lasting impact. 

“One thing that has changed the University for the better in so many ways, has been your sterling contributions. We always remember how you were readily available to learn here and help solve our problems. You, as our honoured guests this evening, always have something constructive to say, something good to do, and always offer support and encouragement with an unflagging spirit,” he stated. 

 He urged them to support the University system positively through their encouragement and admonishment so that Management would be able to sustain and improve the system.  

The Registrar, Surv. Paul Osei-Barima Esq., in his welcome address and purpose of gathering, encouraged the retirees not to see their transition as a tragic journey but a blessing from the Maker of the universe. “Be grateful to your Maker for his protection as you retire from active work safely.” 

Surv. Paul Osei-Barima Esq.

Thanking Management and HR on behalf of his colleague retirees, Prof. Stephen Antwi-Danso remarked that they were privileged to have been part of the successes of the University of Education, Winneba. 

“Indeed, the University offered us opportunities to use many of our talents and potentials which would have laid waste. Though there were challenges and hurdles to overcome, we have enjoyed excellent working relationships with you all. On behalf of myself and colleague retirees, I want to acknowledge all the wonderful people we have worked with over the years, and those who gave us personal and career support,” he said.

One of the retirees, Prof. Stephen Antwi-Danso speaking on behalf of his colleagues

 Each retiree received a citation and assorted items funded by the University. Besides, various unions on campus such as UTAG-UEW, SSA-UoG, and TEWU also presented gifts to their respective members.  

Some  items given to retirees by the UniversityThe ceremony at  the Jophus Anamuah-Mensah Conference Centre (JAMCC) car park, North Campus