Kofi Annan to head Ghana’s premier university

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Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has been appointed Chancellor of the University of Ghana, the University Council announced on Wednesday.

President John Agyekum Kufuor will perform his investiture and swearing-in 11 August at a Special Congregation in Accra.

Annan succeeds the late Nana Wereko Ampem II in the highest office of the West African country’s oldest University formerly occupied by the president until the coming into force of the 1992 constitution.

Anthony Oteng-Gyasi, Chairman of the Council, told newsmen at a press briefing in Accra that the Council was proud to have such a distinguished personality to work with.

He said the Council had the confidence that working with Annan would add credibility to the University.

Oteng-Gyasi stated that the appointment of the former UN Secretary General had come at a crucial time as the University celebrated its 60th Anniversary, describing his appointment as “an anniversary gift”.

He therefore entreated the entire population to accept the appointment and to join the University to celebrate this illustrious son of Ghana.

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