The 2016/17 batch of MA students at the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research, ISSER, of the University of Ghana on Tuesday embarked on a four-day study tour of the Western region.
The tour which is a key component of the Development Training Workshop II course in the Second Semester, will afford students opportunity to relate classroom work to reality and also interact with community members.
Dr. Simon Bawakyillenuo, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute and MA Course Coordinator is leading the students and he is upbeat about the success of the tour.
In a pep-talk while on the bus to begin the tour, he urged the students to see it as a learning opportunity and not for fun, though there would be occasions for fun-making.
The first point of call was the Western Regional Coordinating Council in Takoradi where the team paid a courtesy. They were met by Mr. Stephen Blighten, Regional Planning Director and Mr. Joseph Kwaku Adjei, Regional Director, Controller and Accountant-General’s Office.
Mr. Blighten welcomed the team on behalf of the Regional Minister. He was excited about the visit and its rationale and extolled the natural endowment of the region which sets it apart from other regions.
A power-point presentation on an overview of the region was presented by Mr. Amihere, Deputy Regional Planning Officer. The presentation depicted the sprawling riches of the region, its untapped resources, poverty in the midst of plenty and challenges; top on the list being illegal mining also known in Ghanaian parlance as ‘galamsey’.
There was time for questions and the students took the opportunity and asked many questions which the Regional Planning Director answered.
The tour continues with visits to the Ellembelle District Assembly, Adamus Resources Limited, a mining company, meeting community members in the district and Atuabo Gas before returning to Accra.
There will be a full report on the places they touched and communities visited. Stay tuned.