In a heartening display of camaraderie and support, a joint delegation from the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the Tertiary Education Workers Union (TEWU) of the Upper West Region graced the Simon Diedong Dombo University of Business and Integrated Development Studies (SDD-UBIDS) with a courtesy call on the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Derbile on Monday, June 10, 2024. Their visit was steeped in felicitations, as they warmly hailed Professor Emmanuel Kanchebe Derbile on his new role as the second Vice-Chancellor of the University.

Led by the esteemed Mr. Samuel Berko, the Regional Industrial Relations Officer of TEWU, the delegation radiated joy as they conveyed their heartfelt congratulations to Professor Derbile on behalf of both unions in the Region. Their visit was not only a gesture of celebration but also a testament to the harmonious relationship shared between the University and the two labour unions.

Mr. Berko, expressing admiration for SDD-UBIDS’ notable absence of industrial unrest, pledged his unwavering support from both TUC and TEWU to foster and maintain such harmonious conditions. Echoing this sentiment, the TUC Regional Officer emphasised the symbiotic relationship between management and trade unions, underscoring their mutual importance in driving institutional growth, particularly at SDD-UBIDS and in the Region.

In response, Professor Derbile, visibly touched by the outpouring of goodwill, expressed his gratitude for the warm gesture and affirmed his belief in the power of collaboration between institutions and unions. Recognising the significant role that such partnerships play in realising the University’s vast potential, he affirmed his commitment to working hand in hand with both unions for the betterment of the University and the broader community of the Upper West Region.

The presence of the Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor who is also the Chairman of SDD-UBIDS welfare, underscored the significance of the occasion, as he playfully urged the delegation to ensure continued harmony by jesting about future strikes. This lighthearted moment served to further cement the cordial relationship between the University and its labour unions.

Mr. Berko, in a reflective note, highlighted the challenges posed by the proliferation of unions in some universities and emphasised the need for effective management to navigate such complexities. This observation resonated with Professor Derbile, who recognised the importance of streamlining union representation for optimal governance.

Present were key personalities from both Management and the Team include; Prof. Emmanuel K. Derbile, Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Osumanu I. Kanton, Ag. Pro Vice-Chancellor, and Mr. Fidelis Z. Tang, University Relations, Mr. Samuel K. Berko, TEWU Regional Industrial Relations Officer, Mr. Godwin Gariba, TUC Regional Secretary, and Ms. Ernestina Nar-Ire and Mr. Azunre Daniel Aba, Chairperson and Vice-Chairman of TEWU, SDD-UBIDS.  This symbolised a commitment to open dialogue and collaboration for the collective advancement of SDD-UBIDS.

With hearts brimming, optimism and solidarity, the visit of the TUC and TEWU delegation stands as a testament to the enduring partnership between SDD-UBIDS and its labour unions, setting the stage for a future of mutual growth and prosperity.