In an address read on his behalf by the Executive Secratary of the National Accreditation Board, Mr Kwame Dattey, the Vice President, His Excellency Kwesi Amissah-Arther asked the maiden students to envision a better and brighter future. Everything in the university setting is a teachable moment and an opportunity to aspire for excellence. To this end they must know that everything about Ensign was ultimately about community building and engagement. In the years to come Ghana would need their help. “Be inspired by the mission of the institution, let it be your pledge; acquire, together, the competency and skills in public health and transform Ghana to become the cleanest country in the world”. He urged them.
Mrs Lynette Gay, co-founder and chairperson of the Board of Directors of the college said, she and the husband were touched by the healthcare needs of many children and women in communities they visited in parts of West Africa.
She said, they observed that, having the expertise and committed leadership was critical to addressing the healthcare needs of the people in West Africa, and so decided to set up the Ensign College with emphasis on public health.
Nene Sackite the Third, Konor of the Manya Krobo Traditional Area, thanked the couple for establishing the school at Kpong, and assured them of the support of the traditional council and the entire community, to ensure that their vision becomes a reality.
He expressed the hope that the presence of the school would make a difference in the lives of the people, in the areas of health and economics.
Tobge Afedi, Paramount Chief of the Asogli State, and a member of the Board of Directors, said public health was a developmental issue that required the effort of all stakeholders interested in national development, whether public or private.
He described the couple’s vision and the confidence of setting up such a “magnificent edifice to train hands and brains in Africa for Africa’s development” as a humane intervention next to none.
He urged all stakeholders, including the State, to do all it takes to ensure that the vision of the founders is achieved.