By Yaw Ansah/ Elizabeth Dabson, GNA
Accra, Sept. 26, GNA – The Accra Technical
University (ATU) and the Ga West Municipal Assembly (GWMA) have signed a
memorandum of understanding (MOU) to undertake joint academic research and
projects to help improve the quality of life of the people in the area.
The five-year pact seeks to establish
cooperation between the two institutions in areas of industrial and academia
for accelerated growth, socio-economic and infrastructure development.
It will provide a framework through technology
and applied research and adopt the municipality as a living laboratory for
Professor Edmund Ameko, Acting Vice Chancellor
of ATU signed on behalf of ATU while Mr Clement Nii Lamptey Wilkinson,
Municipal Chief Executive of GWMA, initialled on behalf of the Assembly.
Speaking at a brief event in Accra on
Wednesday, Prof Ameko explained that the areas of cooperation would include
trading of expertise and skills in the organization of seminars, workshops and
training opportunities for the identification and promoting of businesses.
He stated that ATU’s responsibility, under the
MOU would be to make the university’s staff and student available to the
assembly to conduct field activities, facilitate training and seminars as well
as make available information of joint research.
Prof Ameko mentioned that government, through
the Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET), was
building workshops to enhance practical training for students.
Mr Wilkinson said as part of the agreement,
the Municipal Assembly would provide access to facilities and sites for
research purposes, make available, where appropriate, reliable and up to date
information for research.
He expressed his commitment towards ensuring
the success of the agreement by facilitating the provision of social amenities,
including electricity, roads and water to the new campus of the school which
was under construction.
“The catchment area of the new campus had been
earmarked as part of the National Industrial Park. This project will start very
soon and all these developments will be part of the new Accra city,” he added.
The partnership, the MCE said, would also see
the two institutions working together to establish a modern irrigation facility
to produce fresh vegetable market as well as aquaculture.
Accra Technical University formerly Accra
Polytechnic was the first Polytechnic to be established in Ghana in 1949. The
school has gone through various reformations, which had been granted full
technical university statues.