Expedite conversion of Bolgatanga and Wa Polytechnics – BONABOTO

Anthony Apubeo, GNA

Bolgatanga, Sept. 6,
GNA – The Tertiary Students Wing of the Bolgatanga, Nabdam, Bongo and Tongo
(BONABOTO) has called on government to expedite the processes to convert the
two remaining polytechnics, Bolgatanga and Wa, into technical universities.

The group made the
call at a meeting organized in Bolgatanga by the Tertiary Students Wing of the

In 2017, with the
exception of the Bolgatanga and the Wa Polytechnics in the Upper East and Upper
West regions respectively, government converted the other eight polytechnics in
the country into technical universities.

The reason given for
the inability of the two to be converted was that the two did not meet the
criteria to be converted to technical universities.

However, according
to the group, the Bolgatanga polytechnic which could not meet the criteria
during the last assessment, has presently met all the requirements to be
upgraded into a technical university and expressed worry about the undue delay
by government to upgrade it.

Mr Joachim Elbazar
Tizaaba, the National President of the BONABOTO Tertiary Students Wing, said by
remaining polytechnics, the two were unable to compete effectively with the
rest of the polytechnics that has been upgraded.

“This has already
reflected in the reported dwindling numbers in admissions for the polytechnics.
The matter requires urgent attention by the government to help upgrade and make
the polytechnic relevant to produce the right human resource for our
regions,” he said.

Mr Tizaaba said the
poor road networks in the region particularly the Bolgatanga –Bawku, the
Bolgatanga –Wa road and the township roads were among the major problems
confronting the region and appealed to government to expedite action in working
on those roads.

Ms Imelda Asum-bono
Agoo, the Vice National President the BONABOTO Tertiary Students Wing,
reiterated the need for government to revamp the defunct factories in the
region including the Pwalugu Tomato factory, the Zuarungu Meat factory and the
rice mill to help generate jobs for the youth and reduce poverty.

She appealed to all
students of the union especially those who benefited from the Educational
Endowment Fund of BONABOTO and have completed their education, to contribute to
the growth of the union.

She appealed to the
Members of Parliament (MPs) from the area to support the activities of the
Union, saying the leadership of the Union has on several occasions approached
the MPs for support but has had no good response.

She said the Union
condemned the recent upsurge of students’ disturbances in the second cycle
institutions in the region and noted that BONABOTO Tertiary Students Wing would
soon be embarking on civic education programmes for the schools.

Mr Francis Atotono,
the Regional Chairman of BONABOTO, commended the BONABOTO Tertiary Students
Wing for complementing the Mother Union’s efforts at development and entreated
the members to play a leading role of ensuring that students in the area took
their studies serious.