By Cpl Ardayfio JNA
One hundred and forty-five (145) personnel of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), who underwent a career advancement course at the School of Ordnance, have been awarded certificates by the Accra Technical University (ATU) during the 19th Congregation of the institution.
The event which took place on Saturday 30th November, 2019, saw the first batch of GAF personnel graduating with certificates from the ATU, under a special collaborative agreement between the two institutions.
Certificates awarded include Advanced Diploma in Procurement and Supply Chain Management, Diploma in Fashion Design and Textiles and Diploma in Leather Crafting from the Faculties of Business and Applied Arts.
The Minister of State in charge of Tertiary Education – Professor Kojo Yankah hailed the GAF/ATU collaboration, indicating that the certificate would remain relevant to the personnel, even after military service, further opining, “this is the least a nation can do for its men in uniform, after a period of dedicated service.”
In a message read by the Deputy Commandant, Military Academy and Training Schools (MATS) – Brigadier General (Brig Gen) Solomon Osabutey, on behalf of the Commandant MATS – Major General (Maj Gen) William Omane-Agyekum – congratulated the graduands for sealing the collaboration between the two institutions, upon a successful completion of the maiden course.
He advised the graduands to display the knowledge acquired from the course in their work output with excellence and professionalism as the bedrock.
Maj Gen Omane–Agyekum emphasized that, though the knowledge acquired from ATU was a quantum leap in the body knowledge, in the respective trades of graduands, they must seek further self-improvement and learn best practices to improve knowledge acquisition.
The Chairman of the Governing Council of the University – Prof Ralph Kingston Asabere, in his speech to the gathering, stated that the ATU has transitioned into a fully-fledged University over the past three years, thus steps are being taken to implement the necessary policies, in response to the requirements of the Technical University Act of Ghana.
“It is my delight to state that, three years into the attainment of this new status, considerable strides have been made in setting up the structures right for good results, both administratively and academically”, the Chairman continued.
Prof Asabere also informed that, on 2nd July, 2019, ATU succeeded in engaging the first substantive Vice Chancellor of Accra Technical University in the person of Prof. Samuel Nii Odai, and has successfully inducted him to office, on the 22nd of November, 2019 and that, additionally, the Council has also initiated steps to ensure that finality is brought to the appointment of substantive officers, including the Registrar and other positions that have persons serving in interim capacities.
It would be recalled that on Thursday, 29th August, 2019, a number of Ordnance personnel from GAF, were matriculated into ATU, through a historic collaboration between MATS and the university.
Other dignitaries present at the function included the Commanding Officer of the School of Ordnance – Lieutenant Colonel Amoako, Members of the Governing Council of Accra Technical University, Executive Secretaries and Executive Directors of Regulatory Bodies, Vice Chancellors of sister Technical Universities, Rectors and Registrars of Sister Technical Universities