Source:savannanew24.com/Hamza Lansah Lolly:
Various associations’ and Unions within the Tamale Technical University (TaTU) have issued strong warnings to the government to discard the idea of reverting the Tamale Technical University back to a polytechnic status.
According to them, they have observed with grave concern that the current government has cleverly taken a covert step to downgrade Tamale Technical University back to a polytechnic by inaugurating its council as Polytechnic Governing Council.
The associations’ including the Technical University Teachers’ Association of Ghana (TUTAG), Technical University Administrators’’ Association of Ghana (TUAAG), Technical University Workers Association of Ghana (TUWAG), Alumni Association and the leadership of SRC of the Tamale Technical University at a press conference in Tamale, Tuesday, wows to resist any attempt by the government to inaugurate Tamale Technical University Council as a Polytechnic Council.
They have therefore given the government up to 15th September 2017 to inaugurate the Tamale Technical University Governing Council or face their wrath.
“The Hon Minister of Education, Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh, on 8th September, 2017, inaugurated Accra, Kumasi, Koforidua, Takoradi, Sunyani, and Ho Technical Universities Governing Councils in line with the Technical Universities Act 922 (2016), conspicuously leaving out Tamale Technical University with the reason that Tamale Technical University only received an “Executive Order” by the previous government and as such could not be recognized as a Technical University since it was not part of the schedule of Technical Universities in Act 922 (2016)”.
The TaTU associations’ reiterated that, the “Executive Order” by the previous government converting the then Tamale Polytechnic to Tamale Technical University makes it legally binding to be effectively recognized as a technical University and therefore wondered the sudden attitude of the current government.
“The university therefore needs its substantive Governing Council to function whether it is part of the schedule of the Technical Universities act 922 (2016) or not”.
The Chairman of TUTAG, Mr. Issahaku Salifu who read the press statement on behalf of the TaTU associations’ said, the associations are grossly disappointed in the Hon. Minister of Education for the manner in which he is handling inauguration of the Governing Council of the Tamale Technical University.
“It is undoubtedly a contemptuous attempt to downgrade the University to a polytechnic. As a matter of fact, this is a disparaging attempt to frustrate the efforts of the present and past government to provide Technical University Education for the p[people of Northern Region”.
The TUTAG Chairman said the financial and psychological costs of reverting Tamale Technical University to a polytechnic by government is absolutely unquantifiable for all stakeholders to bear.
The TaTU associations’ therefore called on the people of the Northern Region as well as all stakeholders to stand up against government deliberate attempt to downgrade Tamale Technical University (TaTU) back to a polytechnic.
The action of the TaTU associations’ and unions was heavily supported by the Paramount Chief of Tamale, Gukpegu Naa Alhaji Alhassan Abdulai and the Chief of Sagnarigu, H.E Ambassador Naa Abdulai Yakubu who were present at the press conference.
The associations’ and some students of the TaTU after the press confab demonstrated on the streets of Tamale and later on in the present of the imminent Chiefs of Gukpegu and Sagnarigu presented the release to the Northern Regional Minister, Hon Salifu Saeed at the Regional Coordinating council.
Mr. Salifu Saeed who received the release on behalf of the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo assured the TaTU associations’ and the chiefs that, he will as a matter of urgency forward the petition to the President for redress.
He therefore commended the TaTU associations’ and the students of the Tamale Technical University for following the right channel to addressing their grievances.