The Chiefs and people of the Ajumako traditional area have pledged their support towards the development of the College of Languages Education of the University of Education, Winneba located in their Community. The support included the donation of large tracts of lands to the University, availing themselves to serve on lands committee to resolve all outstanding land disputes in the locality, and assist in bringing in investors to develop the university and the community at large.
This pledge was made during a stakeholder's meeting held on 8th August, 2017 at Ajumako campus of the University of Education, Winneba to discuss issues which concerned the development of the University and the Community.
During the interaction, members of the community asked for a quota in enrollment for the community. In response, the Dean for the Faculty of Ghanaian Languages Education, Dr. Charles Owu-Ewie stated that many Fantes seem not to be interested in the study of the Fante language and this, to an extent accounts for the low enrollment rate by the community.
Also, the Principal of the College, Prof. Avea Nsoh indicated that “it would be encouraging to have many people from the Ajumako community enroll on the programme but many do not apply to study Fante” he noted. He added that staff have concessions for their wards to study in the university and the Chiefs have protocol policies they could take advantage of to encourage their wards and people from the community to apply. On employment, he indicated that the application forms were available on the university website. “Recruitment is done on the basis of qualifications,” he noted.
On expanding infrastructure, Prof. Nsoh said the College has done its part in enhancing internet connectivity on the campus and initiating building projects. But the gravity of work to be carried out called for leveraging on the strength of other institutions, consequently, lots of collaborations would be done with the Member of Parliament, District Chief Executive and the local community as well as the international community to expand infrastructure in terms of road networks, completing building projects and developing the study of the local languages at the College.
In attendance were Chiefs, the Member of Parliament for Ajumako-Enyan-Essiam Constituency, Hon. Cassiel Ato Forson, the District Chief Executive, Honourable Ransford Kwesi Nyarkoh, and Deans, Heads of Department and Staff of the College of Languages Education.