Two New Patriotic Party (NPP) chieftains, Odeneho Kwaku Appiah and Nii Kwartei Titus-Glover, were among the recently graduated students of the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA).
The two individuals put academic pursuit as frontline agenda, grabbing postgraduate degrees at last Weekend’s graduation where Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia was a special guest.
Former Education Minister, Dr Matthew Opoku-Prempeh, was honoured at the event with an honorary doctorate degree for his laudable contributions to the free Senior High School programme.
Odeneho Appiah, Afigya Kwabre South Constituency Chairman in the Ashanti Region, bagged Master of Arts in Peace, Security and Intelligence Management with Mr Titus-Glover, former Deputy Transport Minister and Member of Parliament for Tema East, grabbing MBA in Corporate Governance.
In all, the university graduated 870 students from the School of Graduate Studies and the Law Faculty.
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They comprised 764 students from the School of Graduate Studies and 106 from the Law Faculty.
There were 55 students of Master of Philosophy, 591 Master of Business Administration, 107 Master of Arts and 11 Master in Insurance Risk Management.
Vice President Bawumia urged the graduands to use their intellect and knowledge to address society’s problems and find solutions that would benefit every citizen.
He said good society required a generation of citizens looking for opportunities to lift up the weak and open doors wider for the less-privileged.
He cited some bureaucratic bottlenecks, bribery and corruption and lack of accountability and transparency as some challenges bedeviling the public sector, saying, “The public sector is made up of demons and principalities and you have to fight it and we need to fight and win.
“Mother Ghana needs you – your intellect, your knowledge, your discipline and your dedication to work.
“To the graduating Class of 2021, I am proud of you and I know you will make a difference,” the Vice President added.
He said education still remained the heartbeat of President Nana Akufo-Addo’s government, and was passionate and committed towards producing citizens who were productive, problem solvers and innovators and had the nation at heart.