General News of Thursday, 1 November 2018
A group calling itself Concerned Alumni of the Cape Coast Technical University (CCTU) has expressed its displeasure about government’s delay in constituting and inaugurating a Governing Council for the university.
It has, therefore, called on government through the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE) to as a matter of urgency, constitute and inaugurate the university’s Governing Council to enable the university to fully function as a university.
Addressing a press conference in Cape Coast Thursday, November 1, the group noted that the absence of a Governing Council was affecting the effective running of the university.
The spokesperson for the group, Mr Daniel Abawana enumerating the role of a Governing Council said a council would work to ensure a strategic direction for the university, ensure the effective management and administration of finances and also promote discipline at the university.
Mr Abawana said it was clear that the university could not function well without its council in place.
The group further cautioned the NCTE to refrain from appointing the current chairperson of the Interim Management Committee as acting Vice Chancellor, saying “such a move would be contrary to the Technical Universities Act and Statutes.”
“Since Cape Coast Polytechnic has been converted fully to a Technical University by the Universities Amendment Act 2018 (Act 974), all operations or businesses of the university should be governed by the Technical Universities Act and it’s amendment and the standardized statutes of the Technical Universities,” he stated.
Mr Abawana noted that it is only the Governing Council that has the mandate to adopt the statutes proposed by the NCTE for operation by the university.
“Our checks reveal that the IMC has constituted a committee to come out with new statutes for our university. We want to emphasize that the IMC does not have the mandate to enact the new statutes for the university,” he stated.
Mr Abawana advised IMC to be guided by happenings of the University of Education, Winneba, and be careful of their actions or inactions to avoid a legal brawl, saying such a situation would not augur well for academic and administration functions of the university.