By Kofi Ampeah-Woode
Personnel of the Military Academy Training Schools (MATS) of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), numbering One hundred and fifty-eight (158), have sworn the Matriculation Oath of the Accra Technical University (ATU), to complete the Admission Process for the University’s Academic Year 2019/2020.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) reached between GAF and ATU, signed in August, 2018, has seen the admission of two earlier batches of GAF personnel into the university, to train and enable them handle relevant logistics and vocational issues of GAF in operational fields.
The Matriculation ceremony, took place at the School of Ordnance, on Thursday, 6th February, 2020, with 97 persons for Certificate of Supply Chain Management – Department of Procurement and Supply Chain Management of the Faculty of Business, 33 into Certificate in Fashion Design and 28 for Certificate in Leatherworks – Department of Fashion Design and Textiles of the Faculty of Applied Arts.
The Pro Vice Chancellor for ATU – Professor (Prof) Edmund Amekor, who deputized for the Vice Chancellor – Prof Samuel Nii Odai, stated that ATU is taking steps, through the Academic Board, to issue Guidelines for all programs at the Certificate, Advanced Certificate, Diploma, and Advanced Diploma levels, for programs from the various Schools under MATS, to have the same graduation requirements.
The Guest-of-Honour for the occasion – Brigadier General (Brig Gen) Solomon Tei-Mensah Osabutey – Deputy Commander, MATS, emphasized that the courses to be pursued are very important in GAF and that the promotion and progression of the matriculants in the Armed Forces, would depend on these courses, urging them, therefore, to give the study all the seriousness it deserves.
Dignitaries present at the ceremony included Brig Gen Prince Osei-Wusu – Director-General, Logistics, Colonel (Col) S Ewudzie – Director, Ordnance Services, Col S Agordipe – Director, Training and Doctrine, General Headquarters, Captain (GN) Faustina Anokye-Boakye, Director, Civilian Establishment and Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Anthony Amoako – Commanding Officer (CO) of the Ordnance School.
The rest were Dr. Peter Arhenful – Dean, Faculty of Business, Mrs. Vivian Biney-Aidoo – Dean, Faculty of Applied Arts, Mr. Paa Kofi Ayanfu, – Head of Procurement and Supply Chain Department and Mrs. Catherine Adu – Head of Fashion Design and Textile Department.