Mr. Eric Degraft Otoo, newly elected chairman of the Technical Universities Administrators Association of Ghana(TUAAG) during his inaugural speech at the 8th national delegates conference urged members to be supportive in inclining the status of Technical Universities in the country and other polytechnics to be able to go through the transition to technical university status.
The 8th national delegates conference which was under the theme “Strategic role of Administrators in the Technical Universities for Sustainable Development in Ghana” saw members from the eight technical universities converge at the Takoradi Technical University Auditorium under the chairmanship of Professor Victor K.B Micah, the Pro Vice Chancellor of TTU and Guest Speaker, Mr. Ato Van-Ess, the Chief Executive Officer of Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Western Region.
Popular among issues discussed was how TUAAG Members can work to ensure the success of turning the polytechnics to technical universities.
A former Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Charles Tsegah, has faulted the John Mahama administration for converting polytechnics to universities.
“The NDC did not make any effort to show we are promoting technical schools. The government of the NDC when in power, stained the institutions with dirt and set up technical universities, but they did not think about how the technical universities will be populated,” Tsegah argued.
But the newly elected president of TUAAG, Mr. Eric Degraft Otoo has urged members of the association to be up and doing to ensure the success of the technical universities.
“Let me take the opportunity also that in the brevity of my inaugural speech to make a very special appeal to all our members that we have a daunting task to prove to all skeptics that the conversion of the polytechnics to technical universities is indeed a mistake by working very hard, by carrying out our responsibilities and duties so as to even over perform to the expectation of these skeptics and doom-sayers.
“And I believe in you and I know that you are able or more than able to do far more abundantly that I expect from you.
“Other things that we have on hand; I’m putting pressure on our government for the retooling of our institution so that whatever we need to do we are able to do them as expected of us, these will enable us to cooperate with government to achieve its flagship programs of putting Ghana beyond aid as well as the success of the one district one factory program” – President of TUAAG, Mr. Eric Degraft Otoo.