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Polytechnics Urged to Make Courses Relevant to Local Needs

2005-03-06 18:41:40
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Mr. Ambrose Dery, Upper West Regional Minister on Friday urged the Wa Polytechnic Council to ensure that the institution grows to become relevant and sensitive to the needs and problems of the local communities, majority of which were engaged in farming.

He said human resources was the greatest asset of the nation and the Upper West in particular and the region was, therefore, looking up to the Wa polytechnic to move it forward through the creation of adequate manpower to enable it attract investments to the area. Mr Dery said this when the council, led by its Chairman, Professor Jacob Songsore called on him at his office to formally congratulate him on his elevation from a deputy minister to Regional Minister. Professor Songsore also used the occasion to introduce Professor Sampson Kwaku Agodzo, as the new Principal of the Polytechnic. He would officially take over the administration in July from Mr Abraham Kofi-Kuma Aidoo, who had retired and was on contract. The Regional Minister showered praises on the out-going Principal for the dynamism he exhibited in getting the Polytechnic started, and putting it on course to become a model technological center in Northern Ghana.

" I have been overwhelmed by the high level of infrastructure developments I saw on the campus and we shall never drag our feet on any issue that will be intended to advance the cause of the institution", he said.

Professor Songsore pledged the Council's commitment to give vision and direction for the growth of the Polytechnic. He congratulated the Minister on his appointment and expressed the hope that he would put his rich experience and knowledge at the disposal of the council so that together they could make it an enviable institution that the region and the nation could be proud of. The out-going Principal, Mr Aidoo said the polytechnic was finding it difficult to attract lecturers, although they had adequate working tools and equipment, due to lack of accommodation. To address this critical problem, eight small bungalows were being constructed, while a block of three-bed room flats, which would be fully furnished, were near completion. According to him, the polytechnic had been designed to make it a model institution and appealed to the Regional Coordinating Council to take up the development of the road network on the campus and also provide the principal with a decent accommodation befitting his status.


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