John Mahama President to commission GHS12.9m hostel for UMaT

The commissioning of the hotel comes on the heels of Monday's incident where the 2016 running mate of the New Patriotic Party was denied access to the university to deliver a lecture on the invitation of the Student's Representative Council.

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President John Dramani Mahama will this morning commission a GHS12.9m 520 bed hostel for University of Mines and Technology (UMaT) in the Western Region, Deputy Minister of Education in charge of tertiary education said in a tweet.

   

The commissioning of the hotel comes on the heels of Monday's incident where the 2016 running mate of the New Patriotic Party was denied access to the university to deliver a lecture on the invitation of the Student's Representative Council.

But authorities of the university explained that the lecture was stopped to avert a possible chaos.

President Mahama on Tuesday also launched the the conversion of Kakoradi Polyclinic into a technical university in the Western Region.

Speaking at the ceremony, the president said the conversion has become imperative following the jobs market need for skilled technical and practical personnel.

“Even though Technical and vocational education has been very important to Ghana’s socio-economic growth, the huge potential that it represents as a vehicle for enhancing economic productivity and social transformation has not been exploited to its fullest extent.

“The demands of the job market have changed. Business and industry is no longer looking for the ‘book-long,’ grammar school education that some of us received. The job market today is looking for skilled technical and practical personnel. These skill and competences are in boundless supply in institutions such as the Takoradi Technical University," the president said.

President Mahama added that the Technical Universities Bill which is at the cabinet level will be passed at the next sitting of Parliament and in the academic year starting 2016/2017.

The president said the Cape Coast and the Tamale Polytechnics are being reassessed to be added to the six already approved institutions ready to be converted into technical universities.

 

 

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