Students and Alumni of Tamale Technical University (TaTU) have called on government to as a matter of priory and urgency constitute the Governing Council of TaTU to avert possible collapse of the University.
Students and Alumni of TaTU said the absence of the Governing Council of TaTU had made it difficult for “Management to take certain vital decisions to enhance effective academic work and progress of the institution.”
This was contained in a statement issued by Students’ Representative Council of TaTU signed by Mr Alhassan Kamaldeen, its President, and Mr Prince Mash-hud Abdulai, President of TaTU Alumni, and copied to the Ghana News Agency in Tamale on Wednesday.
It would be recalled that TaTU was among the last two Polytechnics to be converted to technical university status having gone through the rigorous processes to meet all the requirements.
Tamale and Cape Coast Technical Universities’ Governing Councils were subsequently scheduled to be inaugurated as Polytechnic Governing Councils alongside Wa and Bolgatanga Polytechnics.
This attempt was fiercely resisted, culminating in the inauguration of Wa and Bolgatanga Polytechnics’ Governing Councils separately, and subsequently, Cape Coast Technical University had its Governing Council inaugurated leaving TaTU without a Council.
The statement said “The question we ask government is: How long will it take for government to present its representatives to pave way for the constitution of the TaTU Governing Council?
It expressed the disappointment of TaTU students and Alumni “On the deliberate delay by government to constitute and inaugurate the Governing Council of TaTU.”
The statement said “Since the conversation of Polytechnics to Technical Universities in 2016, these institutions are faced with numerous challenges ranging from lack of adequate infrastructure, poor state of existing facilities, poor staff motivation and other serious challenges contributing to their low pace of progress.”
It said “TaTU is seriously facing governance challenges due to the lack of Governing Council to enhance policy formulation and decisions that require the resolution of council,” adding, “All these worrying challenges could have been avoided if the Governing Council were put in place by Government.”
It said “to bring TaTU to equal level to be effectively run, we implore government to respond urgently to our call to put a Governing Council in place” adding, “We hope government will respond urgently to our call for a Governing Council as such may forestall undesired consequences on our campus.”