BRIEF HISTORY OF VALCO HALL

12274777_945029622248849_6553491797506010284_nVALCO HALL is located in the University of Cape Coast (UCC) which is found within the municipality of a regional capital, Cape Coast, Central Region of Ghana along the shores of Atlantic Ocean. The Hall evolved from humble beginnings and now occupies an enviable position in the academic setting of UCC. It had been made known to students right from the start that as a Hall, the pre-requisites for making a positive mark in the University are discipline, hard work and solidarity. The motto of the Hall is ‘First Among Equals’.

The project of building this Hall was financed by the Government of Ghana. It has been a mixed Hall since its inception. The first batch of one hundred and forty (140) male and female students who were non-resident students affiliated to other Halls, freshers of the Hall and Masters’ students admitted during the 1998/1990 and 1990/1991 academic years occupied the Hall on 13th November, 1990, twelve years after the foundation stone for the building was laid.

During the first long vacation following the occupation of the Hall by students, the Hall embarked on internally generated income activities with seed money from the first Hall Master, Professor Kobina Yankson after the University had refused to grant the Hall’s request for a loan. By 1992 the Hall had generated enough income to furnish the Junior and Senior Common Rooms which were just empty spaces at the time of occupation in November, 1990. By 1993, the Hall, through its own internally generated income provided the following:

  • Sports facilities – table tennis sets, volleyball court, various sports equipment, track suits for sportsmen/women (the first Hall in UCC to do this).
  • Furnishing for the Flats in Block D and H.
  • Uniform for workers in the Hall (the first Hall in UCC to do this).
  • The institution of the Best Workers Awards (the first in UCC to do this).
  • Well furnished, air conditioned library stocked with relevant books assisted partly by the Ashanti Goldfields. So the Hall was therefore self-reliant from the early stages.

The number of students in the Hall rose from five hundred and sixty-two (562) in February 1993, made up of both undergraduate and graduate students. The entire building was completed during the 1995/6 academic year.

The Hall was called the New Hall for some time. It was concurrently called ECOMOG as that was the time Peace Keeping Forces were being sent to Liberia from Ghana. The use of Valco Hall as a name was a decision arrived at by the University authorities, after its suggestion to them by the first JCRC, in recognition of the immense contributions of Valco Aluminium Company towards education in Ghana. It was commissioned on 27th February, 1993 by the then Chairman of the University Council, Dr. Harold Philips. Over the years, the Company has expressed appreciation to the University by way of donation to the Hall, in recognition of the honour done it. In relation to the industrial activities executed by VALCO, the members of this noble Hall are popularly known as Industrialists.

The Hall’s administrative staff made up of the Hall master, Senior Hall Tutor, Tutors, Administrator, Accountant, Administrative Staff, Porters, cleaners and artisans was initially skeletal in number (Tables 2 and 3) but currently they are enough for the management of the Hall. The names of the first Hall executives, their Departments and positions are indicated in table 1. Table 2 shows the names of the first Junior Staff of the Hall.

Table 1:       First Hall Executive

  Name DEPARTMENT/SECTION POSITION
1 Prof.Kobina Yankson Zoology Hall Master
2 Mr. J. E. Afful Arts and Science Edu. Chief Counsellor
3 Dr. D. K. Dodo Chemistry Counsellor
4 Dr. Sam Yeboah Zoology Counsellor
5 Late Dr. Tengey History Counsellor
6 Mr. Yaw Opoku-Asiamah School of Agric Counsellor
7 Mr. Daniel Lamptey School of Agric Counsellor
8 Mr. P.K. Arhin Registry Counsellor
9 Miss E. Nickel Registry Counsellor

Table 2:     First Junior Staff

  NAME POSITION
1 Mr. K. K. Maxwell Head Porter
2 Mr. John Aggrey Asst. Head Porter
3 Mr. Sylvester L. Kodjo Porter
4 Mr. Samuel Baidoo Porter
5 Mr. John K. Tabi Porter
6 Mr. Joe Quainoo Junior Porter
7 Miss. Vida Thompson Junior Porter
8 Miss. Gina Harrison Amoo Junior Porter
9 Mr. Peter Baidoo Messenger/Cleaner
10 Mr. Paul Dzawo Cleaner
11 Mr. Kojo Asumadu Cleaner
12 Mr. Emlio Dobo Cleaner
13 Mr. Paul Kodjoe Conservancy Labourer
14 Mr. Kojo Salifu Conservancy Labourer
15 Mr. David Yongo Conservancy Labourer

The first JCRC Executive (Table 3) was made up of students whose sacrifices and selfless duties need to be acknowledged, particularly, Mr. Andrew Mensah used his personal money of ₵6,000.00 and now Gh₵0.60 to open the Hall’s account at the Ghana Commercial Bank (University of Cape Coast). The names and positions of the maiden JCRC Executive are shown in Table 3.

Table 3:   Maiden JCRC Executive

  NAME POSITION
i Mr. Andrew Mensah Interim President
ii Mr. Isaac K. Arthur Interim Vice-President
Iii Mr. Albert S. Baidoo Interim Secretary
iv Miss. Margaret Ofori Interim Treasurer
V Mr. Roland Aniagyei Interim S.R.C Representative
Vi Mr. Godknows Acolatse Interim S.R.C Representative
Vii Mr. Jones S. Amadu Interim Welfare Committee Representaive

The names and the periods of appointment of the Hall Masters and the names of presidents of the Junior Common Room Committee (JCRC) and the periods that they were in office over the years are shown in the Tables 4 and 5 respectively.

Table 4: Names and Periods of Appointment of Hall Masters

  NAME OF HALL MASTER PERIOD OF APPOINTMENT
1 Prof. Kobina Yankson 1990 – 1996
2 Dr. L. K. Owusu-Ansah 1996 ­- 1999
3 Late Dr. Atta-Quartey 1999 – 2001
4 Mr. E. O. Agyenim-Boateng 2001 – 2002
5 Rev. Dr. B. A. Ntreh 2002 – 2006
6 Dr. Daniel Okae-Anti 2006 – 2012
7 Dr. Joseph Aggrey-Fynn 2012 – 2014
8 Mr. Kwasi Opoku Boadu 2014 –

Table 5: Names and Periods of JCRC Presidents

  NAME OF JCRC PRESIDENT PERIOD IN OFFICE
1 Mr. Andrew Mensah 1990 – 1992
2 Mr. Ato Essiam 1992 – 1993
3 Mr. Gilbert F. Fia 1993 – 1994
4 Mr. Jonathon Akakpo 1994 – 1996
5 Mr. Ben O. Sekyere 1996 – 1997
6 Mr. David Abbey 1997 – 1998
7 Mr. Fred O. W. Appiah 1998 – 1999
8 Mr. Robert Asiedu 1999 – 2000
9 Mr. Kofi Adu Asante 2000 – 2001
10 Mr. Ben Frimpong 2001 – 2002
11 Mr. Benjamin Otoo 2002 – 2003
12 Mr. Victor Kofi Forson 2003 – 2004
13 Mr. Raymond Adongo 2004 – 2005
14 Mr. Stephen K. Yalley 2005 – 2006
15 Mr. Papa Enyaa Blankson 2006 – 2007
16 Mr. Bright Boakye 2007 – 2008
17 Mr. Alexander Osei-Owusu 2008 – 2009
18 Iddisah Abdul-Samed 2009 – 2010
19 Michael Mireku Apau 2010 – 2011
20 Seth Odame Mensah 2011 – 2012
21 Ishaq Dauda 2012 – 2013
22 Martin Agyei Aboagye 2013 – 2014
23 Kingsley Akowuah Sarpong 2014 – 2015

With humble beginnings of only A and B blocks out of six (6) blocks available for students’ occupancy, unfurnished Senior and Junior Common Rooms, Porters’ Lodge, Conference Room and no Library in 1993, the Hall can currently boast of six blocks with 336 rooms in addition to ten flats, twelve flatlets and twenty bedsitters (kitchenettes), well-stocked state of the art library, a reading room, barbering and hairdressing saloons, well stocked boutique, supermarkets, Junior Common Room, Conference room, shops and stores, an internet café and a restaurant. The Hall’s FM Station, Radio Valco has been closed down since August 2007 as it is mandatory for the University to have on FM station on campus. The population of the Hall is about 3600 students currently. Of these, fewer than two thousand are resident.

The Hall’s Constitution was promulgated on 21st May, 1992 and is currently being reviewed. The Valco Hall Anthem/Solidarity song was composed by Mr. J. B. Nartey of the Sociology Department in 1997 and read as:

 

VERSE 1

Valco Hall May God Bless you

With the precious gift of life;

For you are a home so sweet

And a mother all so dear

CHORUS: (2TIMES)

Valco (Sweet), Valco (Sweet Valco)

“First among Equals”

You are a shinning star.

O Valco we love you.

VERSE 2

Valco Hall it is our pledge

To serve you with all our might

We will surely fight your course

Till sweet vic-to-ry is won

Chorus…..

VERSE 3

Valco Hall w’ll sing your praise

To the world forevermore

For you rise above the rest

In UCC and Ghana.

Chorus…..

(Credit: Mr. J. B. Nartey)

The maiden durbar which was part of the first Hall Week celebration was held on 6th February, 1993 and since then the Hall has been celebrating its Hall Week every year. The existence and the operations of the Traditional Council (since 1990); the Army Cadet Corps (since 1993); the Valco Drama Troupe [VALDRAT] (since 1993); the Valco News Network [VNN] (since 1993) are appropriately acknowledged. Christian Fellowship Groups and Muslim Students’ Association also contribute so much to the Hallers’ development socially, culturally, spiritually and academically. Over the years, the Hall has excelled in all sporting activities organized at the University level.

So much has been achieved by the Hall over the years. It has been able to produce many people of prominence who work in diverse occupations such as lecturers, businessmen/women, Accountants, teachers, politicians etc.

Compiled by a committee set up by the Hall Council, with the following members:

  1. Isaac Galyuon
  2. Samuel Annim
  3. Joseph Aggrey-Fynn
  4. Kwasi Opoku Boadu
  5. John Kojo Sam

 

31st January, 2014