Vice Chancellor for the University of Mines and Technology, Professor Jerry Samuel Yaw Kuma has revealed that the institution has completed the draft document needed to effect the renaming of the university to George Grant University of Mines and Technology.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo on January 12, 2018 during the investiture of the first Chancellor for the University, H.E John Agyekum Kuffour, renamed the University of Mines and Technology, Tarkwa to Geaorge Grant University of Mines and Technology, in honour of the late George Alfred Grant.
Speaking at the 10th Congregation of the university on Saturday 28 July, 2018 at the schools Main Auditorium, Prof. J.S.Y Kuma disclosed that the draft document would soon be presented to the Minister of Education for his attention and submission to Parliament for their consideration into Law.
About George Grant
George Alfred Grant, popularly known as Paa Grant was a merchant and politician.
As a political activist, he was a founder and the first president of the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC) in 1947.
Grant was educated at Wesleyan School in Cape Coast and through private tuition given by Joseph D. Abraham, a wealthy merchant friend of his father’s.
Grant was subsequently employed in the timber trade, first at Axim and then for five years in the Ivory Coast.
In 1896, he established his own firm, George Grant and Company.He prospered as a timber merchant, with a flourishing export business, at a time when the trade was dominated by European companies.
In 1926 he was appointed to the Legislative Council, representing Sekondi. Grant was also a member of the Aborigines’ Rights Protection Society and was instrumental in many development projects including introducing street lighting and pipe-borne water to Sekondi and Axim.
Story: Abraham Mensah