Friday 28th June, 2013
Mr Kojo Yankah, Founder and Executive Chairman of AUCC, announced this at the official launch of the Sam Jonah School of Business in Accra.
Mr Yankah said education should build the capacities of the spirit of inquiry, creativity, entrepreneurial and moral leadership among students, adding that the University needed a role model with creative, courage and fortitude abilities to spearhead it to its highest level.
He said the University needed an unbeatable drive in entrepreneurial leadership with worth of confidence and energy and a transformational leader with the capacity for affecting other people and add value to its prestige.
Mr Yankah explained that all these values were found in Sam Jonah, who had surfaced to become an icon in business leadership across Africa and beyond, hence the need to name the AUCC Business School after him.
He said the University was inspired and gratified to have nominated Sam Jonah, who had made the country proud in the field of business world and from whom students of the University™s School of Business and all will benefit from his rich experience.
Mr Yankah said the University recognized communication as the driving force in today™s world and that to provide a solution to the gap in the quality and quantity of communication studies, professionals were required to play a media role in democracy across the continent.
He said the University was governed by the tenets of values such as perseverance, focus, determination, faith, conviction, humility and uncompromising commitment to excellence.
Sir Jonah in his speech expressed satisfaction for the honour done him and hoped to work to uplift the image of the University™s Business School to a higher standards.
He said the world was going through a difficult time in that there were unprecedented political and economic challenges, adding that these woes were being blamed on poor leadership both in governance and at all levels of society.
Sir Jonah explained that the school would train people to be globally knowledgeable but locally relevant problem-solvers where there would be less emphasis on monetizing human values.
He said the University™s Business School must embody certain values such as integrity, ethical and have a clear vision for the department and draw a balance between short and long-term decision making.
Professor Kofi Asare Opoku, Acting President of AUCC, said the University started with 60 Ghanaian students and currently has 1,400 students from 15 African countries, which had earn an enviable position in the field of media and communication education.
Prof Opoku said Sam Jonah™s irreproachable and colossal achievements as well as inspirational influence had been vast and far-reaching and his resolute determination and mark of wisdom would raise the Business School of the University.
Sir Jonah was a past Chief Executive Officer of Ashanti Goldfields Company Limited. He is also an adviser to the Presidents of Nigeria and Togo and previously served as adviser to the Presidents of South Africa and Ghana.
Her Majesty the Queen conferred an Honorary Knighthood on him in 2003 and in 2006 he was awarded Ghana™s highest national award, the companion of the Order of the Star.