BRIEF HISTORY OF VALCO HALL
VALCO 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
|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
|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
|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:
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
Valco (Sweet), Valco (Sweet Valco)
“First among Equals”
You are a shinning star.
O Valco we love you.
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
Valco Hall w’ll sing your praise
To the world forevermore
For you rise above the rest
In UCC and Ghana.
(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:
- Isaac Galyuon
- Samuel Annim
- Joseph Aggrey-Fynn
- Kwasi Opoku Boadu
- John Kojo Sam
31st January, 2014