The Minister for Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, has today January 13th, 2022 inaugurated a 19-member governing Council for Takoradi Technical University during a short ceremony at the Ministry of Education in Accra.
The Council, appointed by the President in consultation with the Council of State, has a mandate to steer the affairs of the university for the next three years and chaired by Dr. Samuel Amo Tobbin, an accomplished businessman who is the Executive Chairman for Tobinco Group of Companies.
Their appointment is in accordance with Statute 4 of TTU statutes and Section 5 of the Technical University Act that states that “the Council shall be the governing body of the University”.
Speaking at the inauguration, the Minister for Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, while commending the council members on their appointment challenged them to shepherd Takoradi Technical University towards its set goals and more importantly the mandate for Technical Universities. He therefore urged them to avoid things that would disunite them if they truly want to make TTU a global centre of excellence in TVET.
Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum-Minister for Education
“Technical Universities have a unique role to play in this country and it is not wrong to say that you hold the key to our industrialization agenda. Takoradi is a strategic location and you have to begin to look to brand yourself and become the best Technical University in the world. Am not interested in just Ghana, and I’m not even talking about Africa. If you want to be the best in the world, we should have no time bickering among ourselves. We have no time for petty politics in the council because our goal is that we want to be the best in the world. If your vision is big, you dream big and you do big things and I think the Chairman of your council can attest to that”, he said.
Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum further challenged TTU to strategically commit to attracting the best of staff and admit the best students for its programmes to become the best it desires.
“You can't talk about becoming the best in the world if you are not interested in recruiting the best minds from your high schools and technical schools…You set up an admission office that goes out to recruit and when we have the science and math quiz competition, your Vice Chancellor is going to be on the phone calling the schools and say, I want to meet the students”, he said.
Chairman of the newly inaugurated TTU Council, Dr. Samuel Amo Tobbin speaking on behalf of council members thanked the government for the opportunity to serve and contribute to the expectations of Takoradi Technical University.
Dr. Samuel Amo Tobbin-Chairman, TTU Governing Council
“As we take this mantle, we pledge to do our utmost best during the period that we serve to warrant your confidence and support for us…Achieving success would be paramout to us as council. Our challenges may be great but the potential for meeting them exist, hence success is attainable. Let us work in unity as a governing council and history will show that we in our time met the demands which was required of us”, he said.
Dr. Tobbin further assured the TTU community of the governing council’s commitment to their welfare and the goals of the university.
“We want to also assure the leadership of Takoradi Technical University that they are in good hands and that we shall work in unity for the progress of the university. Each of my colleagues on this council is capable in their various fields and have rich varying skills they bring to the council. The council together with the leadership of the university will work to bring significant progress under our leadership”, he added.
While reemphasizing the relevance of Technical education for the country’s development, Dr. Tobbin said the new council cannot afford to fail TTU.
“we all know the importance of the Technical Universities to the development of our nation. There can never be development without the requisite technical manpower to manage the industry. We thank the President and the Minister of Education for the investment that has been made in the educational sector as well as the change in our educational curriculum. All of which are geared towards producing the right caliber of manpower required for industry hence we cannot fail”, he noted.
In addition to the Chairman, the other Presidential appointees to the TTU Governing Council include Dr. Ato Panford, Mr. Michael Asare Appiah and Ing. Dr. Robert Adjaye.
Other members on the Council representing identifiable groups and institutions are the Vice Chancellor of Takoradi Technical University, Rev. Prof. John Frank Eshun, Mr. Daniel Dweteh Agyare from GTEC, Mr. Sampson Damptey Tetey from CTVET, Mr. Anthony Jonathan Mensah representing CHASS, Dr. Eric Bruce-Amartey Jnr., representing Convocation (Teaching), Mr. Joseph Eshun representing Convocation (Non -Teaching), Mr. David Amofah from Senior Staff Association, Mr. Joseph Ofori-Acquah from Junior Staff Association, Mr. Ernest Nkrumah Taylor representing Alumni, Is-Haq Abdul Salim representing TTU SRC, Mr. George Akoto from GRASAG, and Mrs. Sarah Andah Monney from Assoc. of Principals of Technical Inst. The Registrar of Takoradi Technical University, Dr. Moses Maclean Abnory is however the secretary to the Governing Council.
Meanwhile, representatives from AGI, Teaching Staff Association and Ghana Employers Association onto the TTU Council are still pending.
Notwithstanding the other responsibilities of the Governing Council, the Statute 5 of the Takoradi Technical University Statutes of 2018 mandates the council with powers and functions to;
a) Oversee the internal organisation of the University, including the establishment, variation and supervision of academic faculties, departments and facilities of the University;
(b) Determine the overall educational mission and programmes for the furtherance of the University’s objects.