President Mahama Orders Immediate Dissolution Of The Governing Council Of Wa Polytechnic

President John Mahama has upon advice from the National Council on Tertiary Education (NCTE) ordered the immediate dissolution of the Governing Council of Wa Polytechnic.

The directive comes in the wake of a protracted internal wrangling over a decision by the Council to extend the term of office of the Rector, Dr. Baba Issah.

A three-member Interim Management Committee has been appointed to take over day-to-day management of the Polytechnic.

Members of the Committee are:

1. Professor Amin Alhassan - Chairman
Dean, Faculty of Agribusiness and Communication Sciences, University for Development Studies, Tamale

2. Mr. Chris Ackmann Ackumey - Member
Legal Practitioner

3. Mrs. Mary Agyepong - Member/Secretary
Former Registrar, Koforidua Polytechnic

The Interim Management Committee will also to take specific steps to restore normalcy in the governance of the Polytechnic within the next four months.

A statement from the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE) – which recommended the dissolution of the Governing Council – said the protracted litigation has hampered administrative procedures and adversely affected teaching and learning at the Polytechnic, resulting in low staff and student morale.

“It also undermined the position of the Polytechnic in the on-going efforts to convert Polytechnics into Technical Universities”, NCTE said in a statement.

The Ministry of Education is hopeful the three-member Interim Management Committee will work to restore academic work at the Upper West Region polytechnic to normalcy.

It would be recalled that lecturers at the Polytechnic early this year declared a strike, demanding the removal of Chairman of the now dissolved Governing Council, Prof Jacob Sangsore, for failing to instate Dr Baba Issah.

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