A 13 -member Governing Council of the African University College of Communication (AUCC) has been inaugurated with Professor S.K.B. Asante as its chairman.
Other members of the Council include Hon. Kojo Yankah, Mr. Tim Acquah-Hayford, Mrs. Emma Mitchell, Mr. James Kwamena Anaman, Mr.J.E. Allotey-Pappoe, Dr. Sam Dapaah, Mr. Kwami Ahiabenu, Nana Essilfie-Conduah, Mr. Kwesi Gyan Appenteng, Mr. Kwasi Osei, Ms Judith Aidoo and Madam Dorothy Gordon.
In his inaugural address, Professor S.K.B. Asante said that the establishment of the Centre for Africana Studies by AUCC to complement the study of Communication was a laudable venture as it would enable the country to address the high level of intellectual dishonesty associated with Africa's political history and socio-cultural institutions.
He further stated that it had become imperative for Ghana to address the unfortunate deficit in the projection of a positive African personality as far as the training of young men and women is concerned. He reiterated that "if we lose our sense of history, we lose our sense of identity, and if we lose sense of identity, we lose our sense purpose".
He added that it was important for each generation to pass on to the next generation, "stories that would help us to make sense of our experience as a people".
Professor Asante also congratulated AUCC for establishing Africa's first Centre for Media, Religion and Culture, whose objectives included demonstrating the African personality in the fields of communication and religious studies.
He intimated that he and his fellow Council members were also discussing the possibility of establishing A Centre for Advancement of Democracy and Governance as reflected in the Africa Union's African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM).
Professor Asante concluded his inaugural address by fiving the assurance that, having been vested with the power to control and manage the academic affairs of AUCC, the Governing Council would ensure that resources and accumulated knowledge of eminent council members in the field of communication and ICT studies would be tapped to ensure that communication education becomes vital to the development of the whole person –academically and culturally.
The members of the Council unanimously expressed the desire for a much closer working relationship with the School.