Accra Technical University to use satellite campus next year

By Yaw Ansah/Elizabeth
Dabson, GNA

Accra, Sept. 26, GNA – Barring any last minute
hitch, the Accra Technical University (ATU) will from next academic year
2019/2020 start using the new satellite technical workshops at its new campus.

 The
facilities, located at Mpehuasem, in the Ga West Municipal Assembly (GWMA) of
the Greater Accra included workshops for Building and Construction, Electrical,
Automobile, Carpentry and Joinery.

Already, the structural work of the facility
being built by the government with funding from African Development Bank
through the Council for Technical and Vocation Education and Training (COTVET)
had been completed.

Professor Edmund Ameko, Acting Vice-Chancellor
of ATU who disclosed this when he paid a curtesy call on the Chief of Mpehuasem
on Wednesday in Accra stated that equipment for the workshop would be installed
in the coming months.

He explained that the faculties of Engineering
and Built Environment respectively would relocate from the current campus at
Tudu to the new site to decongest the ever-growing population.

The university he hinted would partner with
investors to put up a 5,000 capacity hostel facility at the school.

Prof Ameko said the move was in line with the
university’s vision to be a leading school of global excellence in
competency-based and practice-oriented training, applied research and
technology transfer.

He noted that the school had a mission to
provide technology solutions through applied research to industries and
communities through the advancement of technical knowledge and skills

Already, the university he said had signed an
agreement with GWMA, which would among other things train the youth in modern
agricultural technologies such as greenhouse farming, aquaculture and
irrigation technology.

Prof Ameko noted that the university with the
assistance of the Assembly had identified the Panto stream situated along the
boundary of the university land as a potential site by dam to provide water for
the agriculture facility.

”A reconnaissance survey and field assessment
report of the site by the Ghana Irrigation Development Authority indicates that
is possible to build a dam on the stream to impound water to provide water
during the dry season,” he said.

According to the Vice Chancellor, the
University would determine the possibility of installing a mini hydropower
plant on the dam to supply electricity to the school as well as for research
purposes.

Nana Brame Okai II, Chief of Mpehuasem
reiterated the importance of education and pledged to support the school to
start active teaching and learning in the area.

He appealed to parents, especially mothers, to
be more concerned about the education of their children by contributing in
providing all that they need to facilitate their studies.

GNA

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