The fifth graduation, held on Saturday, is the first major activity undertaken by the polytechnic after its 13-member Council was dissolved by President John Mahama on April 29, 2016, as a result of the impasse that crippled the management and operations of the polytechnic.
Various certificates for Diploma in Business Studies and Higher National Diploma were awarded to the graduands at the congregation which was superintended over by the school’s three-member Interim Management Committee (IMC)
Addressing the graduands, Professor Mohammed Salifu, Executive Secretary of the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE), announced that Wa Polytechnic would benefit from a GH₵2 million fund which had been allocated by the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) to develop some selected polytechnics in the country.
He said the move was to enhance the infrastructure of the under developed polytechnics as well as increase access to technical education, and also pave way for them the polytechnic to be converted into a technical universities.
“Aside upgrading the infrastructure of the institutions, training sessions would also be organised for lecturers in the various polytechnics,” he added.
He advised the graduands against joining the graduate unemployment train and desist from searching for non-existent jobs, but rather venture into entrepreneurship as their kind of education had equipped them in that regard.
Professor Amin Alhassan, Chairman of the IMC, said the committee had since its inception restored calm and normalcy in the affairs of the institution, adding that “this has led to sound studies and the smooth progression of academic work.”
On his part, a member of the IMC, Mr Chris Arcmann Ackummey said given the commitment of government towards the development of the institution, there was a need for a special fund to support the growth of the polytechnic.
Such a fund, he said, could be used to complete projects that have been stalled on the campus as well start new ones to enable Wa Polytechnic to match up with the other polytechnics in the country.
He appealed to government to facilitate the employment of more lecturers for the school to enhance teaching and learning activities.
The Upper West Regional Minister, Alhaji Amidu Sulemani intimated that peace and tranquility was needed for successful academic discourse and commended the Committee for achievements they had recorded after just three months of taking over the affairs of the institution.
He encouraged them to facilitate the appointment of a rector and ensure that the past conflicts do not affect the studies of trainees.
From Cliff Ekuful, Wa