Accra Technical University Receives New Vice-Chancellor

Accra Technical University has welcomed its newly appointed Vice-Chancellor in a brief ceremony held at the University’s auditorium on July 3, 2019.
Professor Samuel Nii Odai (Ph.D) until his appointment was the head of department, Civil Engineering of the Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. He takes over from Professor Edmund Ameko who in recent years has acted as the Vice-Chancellor and Pro Vice-Chancellor concurrently.
It will be recalled that, the government of Ghana passed into law, the Technical University Act which paved way for the conversion of Polytechnics into Technical Universities in 2016. The passage of the law meant that the Chief Administrator, hitherto referred as Rector would be addressed as Vice-Chancellor and charged with the administrative responsibility to operate in like mainstream Universities.
At a ceremony organised to welcome him, Professor Nii Odai expressed great appreciation to the Council Chairman, and especially to the interim Vice-Chancellor for the tremendous work done in the period of their tenure.
“It gives me great joy to be here and feel among the community I have been entrusted to serve. Every new beginning provides an opportunity for new developments. The Journey ahead is long and the work is very demanding but once we are united under one name and one mission, we will build and train generations to come”
The Vice-Chancellor averred that in order to advance the academic and developmental capabilities of staff, he will together with management introduce the ATU Summer School with the aim of confronting old ways of teaching and learning and cause a paradigm shift in management structure. He added that government’s flagship programme of the One District, One Factory and One Village, One Dam should be the brain work of Technical Universities to implement. The Chairman of the Governing Council, Prof. Ralph Kinston Asabere assured the new Vice-Chancellor that Council will not interfere in the running of the University but will offer guidance and knowledge when called upon.
Professor Asabere said that the norm where Vice-Chancellors are written to directly without recourse to the procedural steps for redress enshrined in the statutes should be discouraged. He appealed for the cooperation of all staff present and called for an end to all affinities that undermine leadership, managerial processes and hinders the smooth administration of the University.
The Vice-Chancellor will in the coming days have introductory meetings with working groups, departments and union executives to accustom with the nature of their work and familiarity processes.