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Accra Technical University alumni induct new executive

BY: Justice Agbenorsi
Teriwajah Justin Pwavra (left), a private legal practitioner, inducting the new executives into office
Teriwajah Justin Pwavra (left), a private legal practitioner, inducting the new executives into office

A seven-member executive of the Accra Technical University (ATU) alumni association has been inducted into office with a call on them to help bridge the gap between academia and industry.

The executive is led by David Ayisala, the immediate past Chairman of the association.

He was re-elected as the Chairman of the ATU alumni association at an alumni meeting.

The other members include Emmanuel Nyavor, Vice Chair; Seth Nii Darko Dodoo, General Secretary; Arnold Annor Tipong, Treasurer; Justice Agbevade, Public Relations Officer; Godson Cudjoe Apedo, Organiser and Vincentia Ayele Tevie, Women’s Coordinator.

They will serve the association for the next four years.

Swearing in

A private legal practitioner and lecturer, Teriwajah Justin Pwavra, led the executive to take their oaths of office at a ceremony in Accra.

As part of the swearing-in ceremony, the alumni association handed over the first badge of laptops to 10 of 16 departments of the university.

The laptops were donated to help facilitate teaching and learning at the various departments.

Six more laptops are expected to be donated before the end of 2022.

The Chairman of the event, who is also an alumnus of the school, Dr Samuel Quansah, donated a seed capital of GH¢ 20,000 to help in an initiative being spearheaded by the current leadership of the alumni to provide scholarships for brilliant, needy students of ATU.

Industry

The Pro Vice-Chancellor of the university, Professor Amevi Acakpovi, challenged the executive to organise programmes and initiatives that would ensure the smooth transition of students into industry.

He said since the school was established over seven decades ago, it had churned out graduates who had been successful in different facets of society and the corporate world but getting placement for current students to undertake internships and secure jobs was a problem for most students.

He, therefore, urged the association to take steps to address the issue to ensure a smooth transition of ATU students into the world of work.

Acceptance speech

In his acceptance speech, Mr Ayisala said with a low membership drive, and support from various internal stakeholders, his previous administration was able to execute their initiatives for the four-year tenure.

He added that with the new administration, the executive committee would develop attractive packages by leveraging on technology to boost the membership drive of the alumni association.

Other projects of focus, he said included, building a hostel facility for students, and the establishment of a printing press to rake in funds to help execute educational projects geared towards enhancing students’ experience and facilitating teaching and learning.