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11.03.2009 Education

Management committee for NVTI Centre

By Frank Mensah, Kumasi - Ghanaian Chronicle

A MANAGEMENT Committee was last Thursday inaugurated at Buoho-Hemang, in the Afigya Kwabre District, to manage the running of the National Vocational Training Institute (NVTI) Centre.

The eight-member committee comprises Messrs Seth Oduro, NVTI representative, John Evans Ackon, Osei Poku, John Arthur, Assembly Member of the Buoho-Hemang Electoral area, Takyi Mensah, Fosu Amoateng, representative from the Ghana Education Service, Odame and Ex-WO1 Paul Asikatoah

Speaking at the inauguration, Mr. Osei Poku, District Co-ordinating Director of the Afigya Kwabre District Assembly in the Ashanti Region, said the mindset of most Ghanaians that vocational education plays second fiddle to secondary education, was demeaning to vocational training in the country.

According to him, the idea should be buried, since vocational training really contributes to the socio-economic development of the country.

Mr. Poku advised the students not to be discouraged about the profession they had chosen, since they would be self-employed as soon as they graduate from the institute.

Mr. John Evans Ackon, Centre Manager of the NVTI, said the institute had produced many trainees in both the General Electrical and Building and Construction courses they offer, of which some are self-employed, while others find themselves in various job opportunities, including security services, across the nation.

He humbly appealed to the government, to come to the aid of the institute, to develop a piece of land they had acquired, since they were still operating from a rented house, due to financial constraints.

“The structure and environment where we find ourselves, are not attractive enough, and do not depict a proper skill environment,” he said.

He said the institute, which has been in existence since the year 2000, with about 150 students, were facing some challenges, hence the need to put up a committee to steer the affairs of the institute, in order to curb the problems they were encountering.

Mr. S. B. Amponsah, Director of the NVTI, said the committee's bid to succeed in the challenging task ahead of them, should not be seen in the day-to-day running of the centre, but rather should be narrowed to policy formulation of the centre, and also play an advisory role for the augment of the centre.

“Though the task before you is challenging, I have no doubt that given the diverse background and experience of membership of the committee, you will succeed,” he assured.