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Takoradi Technical University at 70 years; Alumini Round Table Discussion

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Takoradi Technical University, a public tertiary education institution (university) located in Sekondi-Takoradi,[1] the capital of the Western Region of Ghana. Takoradi Technical University was established as a government technical institute in 1954 and became part of the State Tertiary Education System. Later, after the passage of the Polytechnic Law of 1992 (PNDCL 321), it was replaced by the Polytechnics Law (Act 745) in 2007.[1] In 2016, the bill to convert six out of the 10 polytechnics (including Takoradi Polytechnic) into a fully-fledged university received the unanimous approval of Ghanaian legislators.[2]

To fast forward everything, the Polytechnic now a Technical University that was founded in the year 1954 marks exactly 70 years of its quest to bringing quality and innovative level on education/training to pupils enrolled to study of which I am part. To mark the anniversary was an open contest for various designers on campus, both current and past to design a logo for their 70th anniversary celebration. The contest was keen but eventually Prince Asamoah Williams, an alumnus of the university got the mark.

(Takoradi Technical University Anniversary Logo)

(Takoradi Technical University Anniversary Logo)

The anniversary launch came after, which saw people from all walks of life present to witness these remarkable feet, notable dignitaries present were, the Paramount Chief of Abease Traditional Area, Daasebre Kwebu Ewusi, Eastern Regional Minister, Seth Kwame Acheampong, himself an Alumnus of TTU, the Western Regional Educational Director, Felicia Okai, Western Regional Minister, Kwabena Okyere Darko and many others.

There was a massive float also to mark the 70 years anniversary launch which involved the teaching staff, administrative, the student representative body, alumini’s, students and the general public. It was very huge with a PA system and the Tadi vibe for a brass band music.

Today was the turn of great products who have in one way or the other passed through the Polytechnic system now a Technical University. I must commend the planning committee for such a great input of planning to think of such.

THE ALUMINI ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION

Under the able leadership of the Vice Chancellor, Rev. Prof. John Frank Eshun and the planning committee of the 70th anniversary, the round table discussion with alumni of the Technical University came off. The event coordinated by Pro. Vice. Snr Assistant Registrar, Mr. Nana Kwapong, saw great minds who have passed through the ranks of the institution and now prominent people in the society come together to share ideas on how best the Technical University can stand out from all Technical Universities in Ghana.

Pro. Vice. Senior Assistant Registrar, Nana Kwapong Offei-Boohene

Pro. Vice. Senior Assistant Registrar, Nana Kwapong Offei-Boohene (MC)

The purpose of gathering

Doing us the honors was the Registrar, Dr. Moses Maclean Abnory. In His speech he made participants aware of the reason why they all happen to find their selves under one roof today; since the Technical University was celebrating its 70th anniversary there was no way they could leave out major stakeholders. So, to this, they saw the need to involve Alumini from the school to celebrate, reflect, network and engage them in best possible ways to make the university really stand out when it comes to Technical University education in Ghana. 

The registrar, Dr. Moses Maclean Abnory

Dr. Moses Maclean Abnory, registrar, Takoradi Technical University 

Welcome Address

The Vice Chancellor of the Technical University Rev. Prof. John Frank Eshun welcomed all the alumni for gracing the occasion, the anniversary, under the theme: “70 Years of Societal Relevance: Projecting Excellence and Innovation in Technical and Vocational Education and Training”.

“Takoradi Technical University has been a beacon of excellence, hard work and innovation and a driving force in the field of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) over the past 7 decades, from a humble beginning as a government institute in 1954 to the Polytechnic in 1992 and finally converted to a Technical University in 2016”. 

The vice chancellor went on to mention other achievements made by the Technical University, he said, currently the Technical University had a student population of about 18,000 students, of which the alumni body present gave a clap to that.  Also, the Technical University now has a distance education program of which it has been very successful. a school of graduate studies of which they are running about 12 master’s programs, graphic design, textiles, printing, hospitality and tourism management, statistics, petroleum engineering, mechanical engineering, power production systems and integration, construction management, procurement and supply, entrepreneurship, innovation and enterprise development (all master’s level).  There is also a disability unit in the school that handles people with disability challenges and it’s the first Technical University to do that.

 

Rev. Prof. John Frank Eshun, Vice Chancellor, Takoradi Technical University (Welcome address)

Rev. Prof. John Frank Eshun, Vice Chancellor, Takoradi Technical University (Welcome address)

In as much as the Technical University has transitioned to now; there are still challenges, of which a major of them has to do with Alumni (Rev. Prof. John Frank Eshun said), by this they saw the need to gather all alumni under one roof to address, share ideas and also look at innovative ways to help make the vision of Takoradi Technical University manifest. Looking at the size of student population that have passed through the Technical University there was the need to strengthen the alumni group. Even though the government can help them with projects in the school, they cannot always handle all, and there was the need for various alumni from various year groups form a great union to help bolster other projects that the government of the day are unable to honor. Another challenge of the Technical University had to do with infrastructure, and that the alumni of the school should take it up.

The Alumni Round Table Discussion

In a moment of celebration nothing can hold one’s joy, there was a usual break to say hi to the stomach, alumni were treated with a welcoming breakfast from Akroma Plaza Hotel opposite Bompeh Senior High Technical School in Takoradi.

The interactive round table discussions preceded, as the saying goes; we agree to disagree, although there were no conflicts, times like these gives opportunity for people to pour out their concerns. By way of discussions various stakeholders shared their innovative ideas as to how to include some one or two levels of innovation to project the image of the Technical University. One major concern of the alumni’s gathered was the fact that during the Polytechnic days, tuition in the institution were more technical and that even the industrial attachment done by students of the Polytechnic made them stand out in their times compared to their colleagues at the University in terms of gaining employment, simply because the hands-on training really helped a lot and that, since the Polytechnic has transitioned to a Technical University they should not let their Arsenals down.

The alumni body made management aware of the various thoughts they’ve had about their institution, of which they gave a preview of an ultra-modern hostel facility which will in completion have about 1,178 bed facility and also the Goodnews; they have secured an amount of $16m for its construction. They urged various alumni in the entire ends of the world to help make this dream a realization by donating to a fund they have created on Chango.

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Indian astrologer, Kushal Kumar, being called “New Nostradamus” predicts World War 3 to be days away “Tuesday, 18 June 2024 has the strongest planetary stimulus to trigger World War III” Kushal Kumar told The Daily Star

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11-year-old girl creates sickle cell awareness with Tamale-Accra ride

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Eleven-year-old Ekua Bafowah Asumang has started a 751-kilometre bicycle ride from Tamale to Accra in a bid to create awareness of sickle cell, a disease she survived after birth.

In an interview with the Daily Graphic last Wednesday, DO1 Vincent Asumang, the father of Efua Asumang, who is cycling with her, explained that at the time Ekua was born, the family knew very little about sickle cell.

“Before I got to know she had sickle cell, I had spent a lot of money. So I don’t want any Ghanaian to go through what I went through”. Following her survival, Mr Asumang said, the family decided to establish a Sickle Cell Foundation in her name.

Her journey is a testament to the power of determination and the impact one person can make, regardless of their age. By undertaking this challenging ride, Ekua is not only raising awareness about sickle cell disease but also demonstrating that with perseverance and a strong will, one can overcome significant obstacles.

Ekua’s story serves as a reminder that even the smallest actions can have a big impact. Her efforts will undoubtedly inspire many others, both young and old, to take action and make a difference in their own communities.

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How it feels like to loose a business; the current state of Western Region. Part I

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Thursday, June 13 2024. A day that goes straight into my diary of how I lost an important business doing in Western Region, Tarkwa. There has been many occurrences shared on social media about how this Western Regional minister has been very lame when it comes to national issues and I must be frank, my experience on June 13th was nothing to take my mind off of the various post I have seen on the media space.

Western Region in retrospective

The Western Region is located in south Ghana,[4]spreads from the Ivory Coast (Comoé District) in the west to the Central region in the east, includes the capital and large twin city of Sekondi-Takoradi on the coast, coastal Axim, and a hilly inland area including Elubo. It includes Ghana’s southernmost location, Cape Three Points, where crude oil was discovered in commercial quantities in June 2007. The region covers an area of 13,842 km2, and had a population of 2,060,585 at the 2021 Census.[2]

The Western Region enjoys a long coastline that stretches from South Ghana’s border with Ivory Coast to the Western region’s boundary with the Central Region on the east.

The Western Region has the highest rainfall in Ghana, lush green hills, and fertile soils. There are numerous small and large-scale gold mines along with offshore oil platforms dominate the Western Region economy.

The culture is dominated by the Akans; the main languages are Akan, French and English.

The largest rivers are the Ankobra River, the Bia River, and the Pra River in the east, with the Tano River partly forming the western national border. The area is known for the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the village of Nzulezo built entirely on stilts and platforms over water[5] and the Ankasa Protected Area. There is a series of imposing Portuguese, Dutch, British, and Brandenburgian forts along the coast, built from 1512 on.

The Dialect/Ethnic group popularly known in the Western Region is Nzema, the beaches of Nzema have become a getaway/vacation/resort destination for a lot of tourists (local and foreign) to experience true Nzema Hospitality. Amongst the top resorts along the coast of Nzema are Venice View Beach Resort, Located in a small town called Baku (also sometimes known as Beku) about 8 minutes drive from Eikwe. Along these beaches are other destinations such as the Fort Apollonia located at Beyin.

Also there is a beach tourist attraction village called Busua, with the biggest tourist resort in the region which has a beach suitable for surfing. On the east there is a small fishing village called Butre with a beach, a lagoon and several tourist resorts. The old language in these parts is Ahanta, most people speak Fanti.[citation needed] (Wikipedia)

One carefully reading through the above from Wikipedia.com would definitely have a great impression about the region and without a shred of doubt would even find ways and means to have an experience, adding up to revenue generated from the region, that is, a visit to this vast rich tourist sites can be a contributing factor to Ghana’s gross domestic product (GDP)

(A graphical representation of Western Region)

With special attention to the contribution of Western Region to gross domestic product (GDP) as at 2015, per capita of $2,500. Fast forward 2024, in my quest to find out the current contribution to national GDP I asked google, since it’s everyone’s friend. “Western Region’s contribution to Gross Domestic Product” even google gave me a tough result, probed and probed but nothing of what I actually wanted. I resorted to A.I, no result as it only provided that of Ghana.

The contribution of Western Region to Ghana’s GDP which I know of, is almost close to 60% considering the gold mining, bauxite, manganese, oil drilling, and so forth coming from Western Region, yet it is the most deprived in terms of infrastructures and development. In a publication on https://yen.com.gh/politics/238168-kennedy-agyapong-blasts-ghanaian-politicans-god-lash-them/ with headline “Kennedy Agyapong Blasts Ghanaian Politicians During Campaign, Says God Must Lash All Of Them”

Going by what Hon. Kennedy Agyapong said in the above, with proper look into Western Region, the regional minister really needs a lashing and to add to; a dirty slap.

A look back in history, Wednesday 24th Ocotober, 2023, a witness to it and a publication on “traffic chaos on poor Takoradi-Agona-Nkwanta road due to heavy vehicle breakdown” https://beachfmonline.com/2023/10/26/traffic-chaos-on-poor-takoradi-agona-nkwanta-road-due-to-heavy-vehicle-breakdown/

(traffic chaos on poor-takoradi-agona-nkwanta road due to heavy vehicle breakdown)

Ladies and gentlemen, we are in 2024 and this same problem from 2023 hasn’t been solved. You’d ask all the big questions. Are there leadership in the region? Does the regional minister know what is happening on that road? As a leader does he have any vision at all? Do they care about the people that commute that road for their daily activities? And so forth.

14th June 2024, same problem persist on Takoradi-Agona-Nkwanta road

The current state of Western Region doesn’t look good, the only national sports stadium we can boast of, Essipong Stadium has been left to deteriorate, center for national culture, the interchange promised us is now a tourist attraction or better put a statue that will soon be named after the Regional Minister I guess. And when He’s granted to speak it’s always trash.

To end with:

“But until you’re affected, you’ll never know the cry of the innocent Ghanaian” ~ Anonymous

 

“Countrymen, the task ahead is great indeed, and heavy is the responsibility; and yet it is a noble and glorious challenge – a challenge which calls for the courage to dream, the courage to believe, the courage to dare, the courage to do, the courage to envision, the courage to fight, the courage to work, the courage to achieve – to achieve the highest excellencies and the fullest greatness of man. Dare we ask for more in life?” ~ Kwame Nkrumah

 

 

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