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Accra Technical University (ATU) has inaugurated a Certified Electrical Wiring Programme (CEWP) Training Centre to deepen the knowledge and skills of participants in the wiring profession and offer improved services to clients.

The University also launched its TV studio to broadcast community and national development programmes upon acquisition of the requisite permits. Professor Samuel Nii Odai, Vice Chancellor, ATU, speaking at the event in Accra, said the inaugurations fulfilled Section 3(1)(c) of the Technical Universities Act 922, which required technical universities to use a competency-based and practice-oriented approach in teaching, organizing, and delivering courses.

He said the training centre and TV studio were to provide practical training to electrical engineering and Public Relations students, respectively, and to the public that would be interested in the short courses.

He commended all individuals and groups whose efforts and hard work had culminated in the setup of the two facilities. Prof. Odai also appreciated the support from external partners and collaborators, including the Ghana Standards Authority, Ghana Electrical Contractors Association, Ghana Certified Electrical Wiring Professionals Association, Certified Electrical Wiring Inspectors, the Institute of Public Relations, Ghana and the GH Media School.

He encouraged members of the faculty who would be using the facilities to instruct students to continue to be selfless in their delivery. “To the existing students and potential ones, I urge you to take advantage of these facilities to equip yourselves with practical knowledge,” he said. Prof Odai advised the electrical engineering students to enroll in the CEWP programme to become certified electrified wiring professionals on completion of their HND
and BTech Programmes. 

Mr. Awal Sakib Mohammed, President of the Ghana Electrical Contractors Association, said ATU was becoming the pacesetter in technical skills development in the country. He charged the ATU to produce qualified electrical wiring inspectors, since Ghana lacked an institution with the requisite expertise to prepare electrical wiring inspectors. Dr. Stephen Edem Bani, Head of Department, Electrical Engineering, ATU, said the center looks forward to training about 300 people annually.

Mr. Bani said the examination component’s fee was fixed by the Energy Commission since they organise the exams, but the center was also come out with its fee structure very soon. 

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