Professor Naana Jane Opoku Agyemang, Minister of Education on Tuesday expressed government’s preparedness to support educational programmes geared towards innovation and development.
She has therefore urged the management of the Jubilee Technical Training Centre of the Takoradi Polytechnic to roll out more internationally accredited programmes that would inure to the benefits of Ghana’s oil industry and the economy as a whole.
Professor Opoku Agyeman said this in a speech read for her at the maiden graduation ceremony for 32 students of the Jubilee technical Training Centre (JTTC) at Takoradi in the Western Region.
The JTTC, established by the Jubilee Partners, as a component of the Takoradi Polytechnic, was to offer Ghanaians the hands-on training required for industry, especially the oil and gas sector.
The students were taken through courses such as processing, mechanical, electrical and Instrumental engineering, with Mr. Joseph Forson emerging as the over -all best student.
She said the inauguration of the Centre in 2013 was a milestone in achieving local content and thanked the jubilee partners for the investment, adding that, “We need more of this public-private partnership, especially with our educational institutions”.
The Minister of Education called on the regulatory bodies to work hard to expand the centre and urged the graduates to be ambassadors of the centre by exhibiting high levels of commitment and professionalism wherever they would be.
Reverend Professor Daniel Nyarko, Rector of the Polytechnic, lauded the students for their commitment to hard work through the period of study.
He said their graduation gave meaning to local content and the building of a strong human resource for the nation’s development.
Mr. Alfred Ekow Gyan, the Deputy Western Regional Minister said technical and vocation training has positive impacts on the socio-economic development of the country, and urged curriculum developers for technical education to simplify its content to make it understandable and attractive to students.
He said the collaborative gesture of the jubilee partners was critical in sustaining the JTTC to train qualified manpower that would be competitive in the global market.
Mr. Kofi Esson, representative of the Jubilee partners said the success of the oil industry was dependent on quality of people and said: “We therefore envisioned this facility to build capacity locally, enhance the skills of our workforce and build a longer term sustainable technical base for the country. GNA