GIMPA Honours its Retiring Staff at Valedictory Service


By Joyce Boahemaa Fosu

GIMPA has honoured nine of its staff retiring from active service. The retirees comprised two faculty members, two middle level staff and five junior level staff who had served in various capacities from between 9 to 39 years. The event which took place on Friday, September 1, 2023 at the GB Auditorium, Greenhill, was well attended by staff and family and friends of the retirees.

Each retiree was honoured with a citation that eulogised their selfless contribution to the success and growth of the Institute. It was presented by the Rector of GIMPA, Professor Samuel Kwaku Bonsu. The retirees were also presented with GIMPA’s contribution towards their Provident Fund. Each of them will also receive an undisclosed amount as part of their end of service retirement benefit. Prof. Bonsu congratulated them for their contribution to the growth and success of the Institute. ‘These ladies and gentlemen have served GIMPA well and it is appropriate that we honour them” adding that “A nation that does not recognise and celebrates its people is not worth dying for.”

He further stated that although the retirees could not be adequately compensated for their invaluable contribution, over the years, to the Institute the least that could be done for them was to openly appreciate them. For the active staff, Prof. Bonsu urged them to renew their commitment to the service by exhibiting values such as honesty, integrity, loyalty, punctuality and hard work to push GIMPA further. The Secretary of the Institute Dr. Mrs. Victoria Kunbour indicated that it was indeed an occasion of mixed feelings because ‘We are here to see off our colleagues who have been our friends for a number of years.’ She further commended them for their remarkable and significant contribution towards to the success of the Institute over the years.

Reverend Dr. Joseph Budu, a Senior Lecturer at the School of Technology (SOT) gave the sermon at the service. He encouraged the retirees to use the break from active service to reflect and search in their hearts for other passions that would launch them to greater exploits. The highlight of the event was when the various unions presented their retiring members with various sums of money and hampers. It was indeed a beautiful ceremony. ‘This year’s valedictory service has been, so far, the best one in the history of GIMPA,’ said a visibly excited Mrs. Joyce Coffie, a retiree.


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