Gabriel Gbiel Benarkuu – CCOD President

President of College for Community and Organisational Development (CCOD), Dr Gabriel Gbiel Benarkuu, has said the college has secured a 100,000 Ghana cedis financial facility.

The amount came from the Business Sector Advocacy Challenge (BUSACFund) to modify current programmes as well as introduce new and innovative graduate programmes to meet the demands of the private sector in Ghana.

Speaking at the third congregation ceremony of CCOD at Sunyani in the Bono region, Dr Benarkuu said the college is working hard in conjunction with its partners to become the premier Organisational Development Technical University in Africa, producing Organisational Development (OD) certified professionals and awarding academic degrees.

He said: “Post Graduate Diploma in Private Sector Development and Master of Science in Private Sector Development and Advocacy are new programmes we introducing to influence sustainable transformational change, improved productivity, and effective performances of organisations.”

According to him, the institution, since its establishment in 2011 has brought OD education to the doorstep of both formal and informal sectors across Ghana. 

“We have our main campus in Sunyani and the other centres in Kumasi, Accra, Takoradi, Wa as well as Tamale in order that more people will have access to the state of the art tailor-made OD programming that can positively affect organisations.” 

The CCOD President urged the graduands to remain extremely professional and strictly adhere to the tenets of OD during their practice.

“One of the philosophies of OD is to always find the best alternative solutions to any challenging situation. So, always focus on your strengths, it will make your weakness irrelevant.”

A Catholic priest, Reverend Father Peter Claver Sutinga, underscored the need for the international community to stop a covid-19 pandemic from negatively affecting progress in the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals.

According to him, there should be a quick solution to covid-19 crises that will also help address the fractures that have emerged from globalisation, creating unfair outcomes contributing to inequality and vulnerabilities.

Out of the 87 graduates, 52 students graduated with Bachelor of Science in Organisational Development, 34 with Master of Science in Organisational Development whilst one graduated with Post Graduate Diploma in Organisational Development.