About 80 tutors of the Accra Polytechnic who hitherto commuted from far places to work at the school now have accommodation after President John Agyekum Kufuor inaugurated seven different projects on the institute's campus.
The projects, which included a five-story 23-bedroom flat, a five-storey 22-bedroom flat and another five-storey 21-bedroom block, were built with the institute's internally generated funds with support from the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund).
The rest were a Bachelor of Technology and Library block, an Electrical and Electronic Engineering block, a 500 KVA electricity generating plant as well as an on-campus water supply and distribution system.
Inaugurating the projects, the President praised the management and board of A-Poly for making optimum use of the land space in the implementation of the projects without sacrificing aesthetic and other considerations.
“Our national population is increasing but the land area is not and in especially the capital, we have to be economical in the use of land space for providing accommodation.”
He said government is upgrading facilities in all the ten polytechnics in the country, and “indeed never has such massive infrastructural development taken place within such short time.”
He observed that the project will among other things provide accommodation on campus which means that staff “will be available early at the workplace and stay longer for higher productivity” while the water supply system will address the problem of sanitation.
On the impending elections, President Kufuor urged the staff and students to be role models and help make the process successful and peaceful.
“Your utterances and actions both on campus and within the communities should aim at promoting free, fair and credible elections to which my government and I are fully committed.”
Dr Festus Addo-Yobo, Rector of A-Poly commended government for its positive attitude towards teaching and research and the provision of technical skills in the polytechnics.
He said A-Poly aims to become a world-class polytechnic and “these projects will help to put us in a better position to promote best practices in Ghana's industry”.
According to him, the provision of accommodation on campus for staff can help the institute to attract and retain some of the best academic minds in teaching and research.
He however complained that the proportion of students who are accommodated on campus was very low - about one in twenty and “we would like to improve that ratio to at least one in ten within the next four years”.
To solve this problem, there would be the need to build students hostels both on and outside campus.
He therefore called on government to assist the institute acquire land in the city for the construction of these hostels, and invited private landlords to come on board and cooperate with the school in advancing the public-private sector partnership in the provision of accommodation for the students.
“This would help us impact positively on our corporate cultural values which are hard-work, enterprise and responsibility.”
By Emelia Ennin Abbey