TAKORADI POLYTECHNIC STUDENTS' REPRESENTATIVE COUNCIL HOLDS A HANDING OVER AND AWARD CEREMONY

As the 2015/2016 Academic Year came to a close, so did the reign of the Students’ Representative Council (SRC). On Tuesday, June 21, 2016 the old Executives handed over affairs of the SRC to the newly elected executives. The handing over and swearing- in ceremony, officiated by the Dean of Students’ Affairs, Mr. Frederick N. Anderson, was witnessed by Management, staff, students and well-wishers.

The Vice Rector, Mr. Emmanuel Okumi Andoh who chaired the ceremony, congratulated the outgoing SRC President, Nii Okai, for his relentless effort to ensure that students were given a flexible fee payment plan. While congratulating the new executives, Mr. Okumi Andoh urged the new SRC President to ensure that students complied with fee payment regulations, since students always abused concessions given them.  He further urged the new executives to work together as a team to mentor their fellow students.

The Vice Rector pointed out to the Executives that they had a dual role to serve students and Management in order to ensure the smooth running of the Institution.  He also informed SRC that Management was handing over one of the staff bungalows on the campus for students’ use. He expressed delight at the improved gender balance in the executive ranks, and prayed for the day that a woman would assume the helm of affairs. 

The Vice Rector further congratulated previous executives who had worked relentlessly for the establishment of the Premier Fm, 89.5 Mhz radio station for the Polytechnic. The station, housed in the Polytechnic’s sports unit, was launched on June 15, 2016.

Mr. Okumi Andoh added that the Station would help in the dissemination of information while serving as a training ground for students who had journalistic ambitions.

After the handing over Ceremony, the Ghana Institution of Engineers (GhIE) honoured a pledge it made at the 15th Graduation Ceremony of Takoradi Polytechnic to reward the best graduating engineering student. The pledge resulted from the Polytechnic collaboration with institutions and industries to support academic departments by annually awarding best graduating students.

The GhIE presented a laptop to Mr. Emmanuel Acquah, Mechanical Engineering Department (Auto Option), the Best Graduating Engineering Student. The Registrar, Mrs. Sylvia Oppong-Mensah, explained that the purpose of the award was to encourage and support engineering students who would become professional members of the Institute, upon graduation.  As such, the GhIE collaborates in preparing the students for industry.

The laptop was jointly presented to Mr. Acquah, by the representatives of GhIE Western Region, Rev. Ing. Felix Tetteh, the Regional Chairman and Ing. Stephen Owusu, the past Regional President.

 Ing. Owusu emphasised the strong desire of the Institute to ensure that things are done right at the training institutions: “Ghana is going nowhere without engineers.” He also encouraged students in other disciplines to be diligent, since nation building is a collaborative effort.

Adding his voice to the encouragement, the Vice Rector said that students were key stakeholders to the Polytechnic; therefore, their actions and inactions went a long way to portray the Institution positively or negatively.  He thus admonished the students to conduct themselves well in order to make meaningful contributions to the development of the institutions. 

Present at the ceremony were Deans from the various schools, union leaders, alumni executives, past SRC executives, staff and students.

 

Naa Sackiokor Sackey

Public Relations Office