The Premier News
The Director General (DG) of the Commission for Technical Vocational Education and Training (CTVET), Dr. Fred Kyei Asamoah has hinted at the commencement of the construction of an ultramodern Civil Engineering Workshop for the University. This announcement was made when the Acting Vice-Chancellor of Accra Technical University, Professor Amevi Acakpovi, led a high-level delegation to pay a courtesy call to the DG on Friday, September 8, 2023.
The visit marked Professor Acakpovi’s first since assuming the position of Acting Vice-
Chancellor. In his opening remarks, Professor Amevi Acakpovi expressed profound gratitude for the invaluable contributions that CTVET has made to the university over the years. He acknowledged the pivotal role that CTVET has played through its various interventions and support, which have greatly contributed to the growth and development of Accra Technical University.
“We have benefited tremendously from CTVET throughout our journey, and we are sincerely grateful for the continuous support. However, as our institution continues to expand and evolve, our needs persist, and we seek further collaboration and assistance,” Professor Acakpovi emphasized during his address.
Professor Amevi Acakpovi went on to highlight two pressing challenges currently facing Accra Technical University. First, was the slow pace of rolling the University onto the Ghana TVET Voucher programme which he said the University had made significant progress in preparation. He thus called for a speedy conclusion on related outstanding issues. “We have four programmes approved and we are ready. Both the Kinbu and Mpehuasem Campuses are ready. We have even gone ahead to appoint a coordinator for it.” The Ghana TVET Voucher Programme aims to improve the accessibility of disadvantaged individuals to fully funded and demand-oriented technical and vocational education and training, which meets quality criteria. It is intended to improve
beneficiaries’ access to decent employment.
Secondly, the Acting Vice-Chancellor pointed out the delay in the commencement of the construction of a Civil Engineering Workshop by the CTVET following contract finalisation and satisfactory site inspection by the project consultant.
In response to Professor Acakpovi’s remarks, the DG of CTVET commended Accra Technical University for its commitment to providing quality technical and vocational education. He pledged CTVET’s continued support and collaboration with the university to address the identified challenges and announced that his outfit was assiduously working to have construction work begin by December 2023. “We are working on it and we are estimating that before the close of the year, work should start”, he assured.
The meeting concluded on a positive note, with both parties expressing their commitment to working closely together to overcome the challenges and strengthen the partnership between Accra Technical University and the Commission for Technical Vocational Education and Training.
The delegation included the Acting Registrar, the Director of Finance, the Director of Works, the Director of Procurement, the Director of General Services and a Senior
Member from the Directorate of Internal Audit.