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17.12.2008 Education

'Be Responsive To Developmental Challenges'

By Times Reporter - newtimesonline.com
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The Deputy Upper West Regional Minister, Winfred Bawa Dy-Yakah, has urged polytechnic students to respond to the current developmental challenges in technological advancement and the building of a modern society.

She said polytechnics in the country could be making the desired impact if they run progra-mmes that would provide the required needs of the people to move the developmental agenda of the country.

“I urge the polytechnic authorities to come out with strategic programmes that hold the key to the speedy socio economic development of our country.” Mrs Dy-Yakah said at the 6th matriculation ceremony of the Wa Polytechnic.

She observed that the spirit of entrepreneurship had been lacking in many polytechnic graduates and appealed to the institutions to address that.

“Our products should be more adventurous and forthcoming to take advantage of all opportunities that are available and also create new ones for themselves and the society.

“Polytechnic authorities should be considering the ultimate benefits of the products of their institutions to society, the communities and to the nation as a whole,” Mrs Dy-Yakah added.

She gave the assurance that the government would provide tertiary education and the necessary infrastructure and logistics support towards the production of the country's manpower needs.

Mrs Dy-Yakah noted that despite the enviable infrastructure development level of the Wa Polytechnic, much was still needed to upgrade it.

She appealed to all students in the country to spearhead the campaign for peaceful elections in December.

“We are at a critical time and our country has been acclaimed as a beacon of democracy. Let us demonstrate to the whole world that we are capable of overcoming all obstacles to ensure peaceful and fair election.

“Let no one preach violence or incite us against one another. Indeed Ghana is bigger than anyone of us,” she advised.

Professor S.K. Agodzo, Rector of the Polytechnic, urged the fresh students to acquaint themselves with all regulations governing their stay in the polytechnic, saying ignorance of regulations would not be accepted as an excuse for any breach of discipline.

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