Members of the Old Vandals Association, who are made up of past students of Commonwealth Hall, which is the only all-male hall of the University of Ghana, Legon, have officially launched the Commonwealth Hall Annex Building Project during their annual Jamboree celebration.
Addressing the 2019 annual Jamboree celebration held in Accra, the Hall Master, Professor Frank. K. Nyame, revealed that the Commonwealth Hall Annex Building project would have a student occupancy of about 4,200 with four floors, comprising blocks A to D.
He said, the university authorities and the Old Vandals Association are expected to cut the sod for the about $30 million new Commonwealth Hall Annex project this month.
A former Appeals Court Judge, Justice Kwaku Gyan, who led the Old Vandals to formally launch the Annex Building Project, urged all Old Vandals and the university authorities to see the project as a dream come true, as it will ease the accommodation challenges of the university.
He hinted that the quality of the facility is very congenial for university education, which should be very welcoming news for all.
The Chairman of the Jamboree celebration, Mr. Franklin Benefo, an Old Vandal, announced that although 1st July, which used to be a national holiday, was the date for the Jamboree celebration, it is no longer so, thus the first Saturday of the month of July of every year would be set aside to celebrate it.
The Old Vandals mark the annual Jamboree celebrations to bring together all past students of Commonwealth Hall of the University of Ghana, to get together and plan for the progress and future of the Hall, while reminiscing about their past lives as students of the great all-male Hall of the University of Ghana.
This year, the Old Vandals also made contributions towards the refurbishment of the hall’s lavatories, and out of a targeted amount of $100,000, so far about $38,000 has been raised, as contributions are still being made to the North American President of the Association, Dr. Kwabena Arthur Kennedy.
Several distinguished and noticeable Vandals attended the 2019 Jamboree, including, former Appeals Court Judge Justice Kwaku Gyan, managing Director (MD) of AngloGold Ashanti, Eric Esubonteng, Rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Prof. Philip Ebow Bondzi-Simpson, Rector of the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ), Prof. Kwamena Kwansa-Aidoo, Commissioner of Insurance, Justice Yaw Ofori (a.k.a. Ammunition), former Hall Master, Prof. Harry Akusah, current Hall Master, Prof. Frank K. Nyame, National Organiser of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Sammy Awuku, and many other dignitaries.
Other noticeable Vandals who often graced the annual Jamboree include, former President John Dramani Mahama, Deputy Speaker of Parliament Joe Osei Owusu, Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu, former Minister of Trade, Ekwow Spio Gabrah, Comptroller General Ghana Immigration Service, Kwame Asuah Takyi, Prof Agyeman Badu Akosah, Nana Akuako Sarpong, former Inspector General of Police (IGP) Peter Nanfuri, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Petroleum Commission, Egbert Faibille Jnr, and CEO, National Petroleum Authority, Dr. Alhassan Tampuli, etc.
The President of the National Old Vandals Association, Mr. Akwasi Sarpong, used the occasion to urge all Vandals across the world to endeavour and attend the next Jamboree, which will be held on the first Saturday of July in 2020, and also join to contribute to uplifting the status of the Hall.