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09.07.2009 Politics

Show commitment to technical work -PM

By Helena Selby ([email protected]) - Ghanaian Chronicle
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The Presiding Member of the Ga South Municipal Assembly, Nii Abbosai Brade, has urged graduants of the Institute of Technical Supervision in Accra, to commit themselves to sacrifice, dedication and tireless effort wherever they would be working.

According to him, most of the developed countries, and the much-talked about Asian tigers, got where they are now on the back of huge investments in the technical capacity development of their workforce.

Speaking at the passing-out ceremony of the 28th Senior Technical Supervisory Management Course, he noted that the institute was a crucible for distilling, refining and cross-fertilizing of ideas.

He further said that the institute was uniquely placed to lead the renaissance of the country's industrial growth, if and when given the necessary support.

He added that the theme of the ceremony “Technical supervisory management capacity development, an effective tool for national industrial growth,” falls in line with the importance the government attached to education.

“In this regard, the government will indeed ensure that the necessary investments are made in the development of technical capacity, so that our national industrial growth will be on track,” he stressed.

On her part, the Human Resources Manageress of the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR), Mrs. Rosina Brew, pointed out that the country needs confident, purposeful and well-motivated individuals, particularly in supervisory grades, to enable Ghana achieve its national goals and development objectives.

She explained that to ensure that the public sector in Ghana works effectively, better leadership was needed, and since the supervisory role occupies the frontline the leadership, there was no better way to strengthen the human development capacity, than to focus on supervisory skills training and development.

According to her, the country needs better leadership in the public service that focuses on service delivery, and that there cannot be better leadership if the people were not developed, particularly in frontline technical/vocational supervisory positions.

She indicated that there could only be good leadership if bold steps are taken to train the people as the technical supervision institute has been doing over the years, and more importantly, enhancing the remuneration system to motivate staff and encourage them to take on greater responsibilities.

In his report, the Principal of the institute, Mr. John N. O. Welbeck, mentioned that the institute was facing problems of finance, and that the only source of funding for the institute was fees collected from trainees, and rental of some of the institute's facilities. He said the greater part of this revenue is channeled into payment of lectures, feeding and lodging of participants, and minor maintenance of the institute's facilities.

Moreover, there was a problem of encroachment on the institute's land.

According to him, the rate of encroachment might hamper the future expansion of the school, and pleaded with the Ga South Municipal Assembly, not only to prevent further encroachment, but to also retrieve the portions encroached upon.

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