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30.10.2008 Education

Getfund Builds For A-Poly

By Samuel Amoako -

SOME multi-million cedi projects financed by the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) and internally generated funds of the Accra Polytechnic were yesterday inaugurated by President Kufuor in Accra.

They included a five-storey block of 23 flats, a five-storey block of 22 flats, another five-storey block of 21 flats and a water supply and distribution system on the campus.

Also inaugurated were a Bachelor of Technology and Library Block, an Electrical and Electronic Engineering Block and a 500-KVA electricity generating plant.

President Kufuor commended the polytechnic for the optimal use of land space and  urged all to be economical in the use of space for providing accommodation.

“You have demonstrated by the construction of these tall structures that we can satisfy the demand for accommodation in a confined space without sacrificing aesthetic considerations,” he said.

The President noted that polytechnics occupy a very significant niche in the country's educational sector by providing the training of a kind that is not obtained anywhere else in the sector.

He said it was important for institutions to monitor each other's programmes since it was now possible to start from one type of institution and complete at another, transferring grades.

It is for that reason that polytechnics, along with other institutions, have representation on the National Council for Tertiary Education and the National Accreditation Board to agree on the ground rules to sustain mobility across institutions.

Turning to the forthcoming general election, President Kufuor urged the students to assist in making it successful.

“Your utterances and actions, both on campus and within the communities, should aim at promoting free, fair and credible election to which my government is fully committed”, President Kufuor added.

The Rector of the polytechnic, Dr Festus O. Addo-Yobo, expressed gratitude to the government for its support.

With the accommodation facilities now, he said, the polytechnic will be in a position to attract and retain some of the best brains in teaching and research to move the nation forward.