Seventeen staff members of Takoradi Technical University who retired in the 2020/2021 academic year have been recognized and awarded for their contribution to the growth of university. The 17, consisting of 4 Senior Member Teaching staff, 3 Senior Member non-teaching staff, 4 Senior staff and 6 Junior staff members were appreciated with a refrigerator or a TV set each.
The presentation of awards during the end of year staff durbar and thanksgiving event at TTU also saw Professor Maame Afua Nkrumah, Jonathan Cudjoe and Gifty Ohenewaa all received a refrigerator each as winners of the Vice Chancellor’s Special Award for 2021.
Meanwhile, four best performing TTU staff for 2021 from the Senior Member Teaching category, Senior Member non-Teaching, Senior Staff and Junior Staff categories were also appreciated with a refrigerator each.
A number of staff who also facilitated in raising funding for the current 5-year TTU strategic plan were also recognized with citations.
The Vice Chancellor of Takoradi Technical University, Reverend Professor John Frank Eshun, while justifying the essence of the awards also commended the general staff for their contribution of good works to the university.
Rev. Prof. John Frank Eshun-Vice Chancellor, TTU
“I appreciate each member of the university community and that I admit we would not be where we are without the devotion made by each and every one of you. For that, management is most grateful…On behalf of Management I want to acknowledge staff members who retired in the 2020/2021 academic year and say a big thank you for their contributions/devotion towards the growth of Takoradi Technical University. It is important that we recognize your efforts for you spent most of your productive years building the university we have today”, he said.
While prompting staff of the inevitability of retirement and the need to prepare for it, Reverend Professor Eshun also hinted of the management agreement with Unions on new condition of service that will take effect after the council is constituted.
“Management and Unions leadership have finally agreed and concluded on a new condition of service for TTU effectively this academic year awaiting council and GTEC approval. In the new condition of service we adopted the improved version of KNUST condition of service.
Ex-gratia on retirement of an employee, one month basic salary of the month of retirement shall be paid for every successful year of service. Note that employee qualifies only after a minimum of ten years of continuous service and on attaining voluntary or compulsory retiring age or dying in service. In death of staff, nine months basic salary shall be be paid to spouse and or children of an employee. For the meantime, we will give you the old retirement package cheque today and when the council is constituted and we will rectify the difference”, he added.
The Vice Chancellor announced that the management has finished auditing the TTU Credit Union accounts and encouraged staff to join to save towards their retirement. He however expressed management’s commitment to invest more in staff development.
“staff development has been and will continue to be the number one agenda of the University. This is because Management believes that human resource is the institution’s most valuable asset. Thus, the year under review saw an appreciable number of staff completing their PhD programmes. I will use this opportunity to congratulate you all. Those who are yet to graduate I wish you success. Those who are senior lecturer with PhD should publish to be promoted to the rank of Associate Professor. Please note that it’s not every publication that is accepted for promotion. You have to publish in your area of profession“, he emphasized.
Professor Eshun further stated that the upgraded University clinic has been granted NHIS facility status, while a compromise of 1 % staff salary deduction agreed to fund staff health policy to kick start in 2022.