160 military officers have been presented for the award of Bachelors, Advance Diploma and Diploma Certificates at the 2nd Congregation birthed by the collaboration between the School of Ordnance of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) and Accra Technical University.
In a colourful ceremony which was held on 26th November at the Burma Hall of the GAF, 27 officers and students of Accra Technical University from the Bachelor of Technology in Purchasing and Supply Management programme, 20 from the Advanced Diploma in Purchasing and Supply Chain Management programme, 62 from the Diploma in Purchasing and Supply Chain Management, 23 from the Diploma in Fashion Design programme and 28 from the Diploma in Leather Work programme were all presented in recognition of the successful completion of their respective programmes enrolled at the premier Technical University.
Vice-Chancellor of Accra Technical, Professor Samuel Nii Odai in his address at the ceremony reminisce on the collaboration between ATU and GAF that has made it possible for officers and men in the GAF to pursue careers, even after they are done serving the nation through enrolling on various degree, certificate and professional training programmes under the auspices of the University. He expressed his elation towards the show of commitment and diligence in upholding the tenets of the collaboration which has culminated in the graduation of the second batch of products. He was hopeful of more collaboration between the two institutions.
“I am aware that there are 12 schools under the Military Academy and Training Schools. I am reliably informed that some of these have begun talks with the various departments of the University and thus, we are hoping to see a lot more of the schools graduating in the very near future” he stated. 160 military officers have been presented for the award of Bachelors, Advance Diploma and Diploma Certificates at the 2nd Congregation birthed by the collaboration between the School of Ordnance of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) and Accra Technical University.
He revealed that the education and training graduands have had from ATU will afford them the needed leap into the diversified world. He conceded the uniqueness and complexity of military life and mentioned that the training received by graduands at ATU will come in handy as they transit to civilian life. He encouraged them to maintain ties with the network of people who they met during their training as they will be of importance in their life after their time in the army.
Guest Speaker and Immediate Past Commandant, Military Academy and Training Schools, Maj. Gen.(Rtd) Wiliam Omane Agyekum expressed gratitude to Accra Technical University for the opportunities given to the officers to pursue further education and upgrade themselves not only to help them whilst in service but also, after retirement to avoid the inconvenience that some have faced after retirement from active service.
Similarly, the Guest of Honour, Chief of Defence Staff, Lt. Gen. Obed Boamah Akwa thanked Accra Technical University for collaborating with the School of Ordnance to help personnel pursue higher education. He also mentioned that plans are far advanced in the construction of a new campus for the Ghana Military Academy and Training Schools to provide the necessary infrastructure for their education.
Flt. Lt. Prince Opoku-Agyemang was adjudged the overall best graduating student of the 2019/2020 graduating class. Delivering his valedictory speech, he expressed gratitude to the university and thanked his employer, GAF, for the opportunity and investment made in him and his colleagues to become better employees. He recounted the wealth of experience and knowledge that were at his disposal throughout their stay at ATU and was appreciative of the enormous impartation that will be useful in their subsequent endeavours.
By: Directorate of Public Affairs