Accra Polytechnic has been applauded for taking the extra mile in ensuring that the Senior Staffs of the Institution are fully geared up towards its transition into a Technical University.
Mr. Patrick Fiagbe, a renowned Human Resource practitioner, speaking at a day’s workshop organized by the General Administration for the Senior Staffs of the Institution under the theme “Promoting Work Ethics among the Senior Staffs in a University”
The facilitator, Mr. Fiagbe, advised participants to take advantage of the workshop and abreast themselves with skills to meet the University standards which will put them ahead of the senior staff of other Polytechnics.
He added in a touching delivery that, “It is crucial to change your mind set and adopt a new mindset towards the transition”. According to him, a transition with the old ways of doing things would not help realize what the Accra Technical University sets out to achieve.
He advised the senior staff not to allow the name Accra Technical University to be greater than them, he urged. The senior staff to grow personally, work effectively and have the right attitude towards work as the Polytechnic upgrades into a Technical University.
The essence of the transition should be felt and seen physically. “We should be able to distinguish the theory based Universities from the Technical based Universities”, he said.
Mr. Fiagbe asked the senior staff to have a new intuitional knowledge, and customer dynamics in carrying out their responsibilities. “The attitude of being selective when dealing with people from different religious, social and educational background should be discouraged.
Mr. Patrick Fiagbe, who also touched on exceptional customer service, advised the senior staff to render selfless services to their customers. According to him, these customers are the reasons why they have jobs so they should know that they are not an interruption to their job.
He urged the senior staff to erase the public notion that public workers are ineffective by changing their mindsets. Having an exceptional customer service as the Institution shift into a Technical University would be beneficial. He added that, they should be bold to resolve internal conflicts before it becomes to ensure a peaceful execution of their duties.
The Rector of the Institution advised the senior staff to take advantage of the workshop to upgrade themselves and take up the challenge ahead of them.
Also gracing the workshop is, the immediate past registrar of the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), Mr. Emmanuel K. Bedai, he urged the senior staff to let their new work ethics reflect the new position of the Polytechnic.
He asked the first batch of the Senior Staff of Accra Polytechnic to carry on a new working ethics to reflect their new dispensation. He prompted that learning from other members would be vital in achieving the new dream.
The Premier Polytechnic in Ghana has picked up an International award for Excellence in Best Practices 2016. This was in recognition of their outstanding commitment and results in quality management strategies, during the annual convention of the European Society for Quality Research (ESQR).
At Brussels to receive the award for the Institution were Dr. Hannah Taylor Abdulai, a Senior lecturer and head of the Department of Secretaryship and Management Studies, Mr. David Sarpong Jnr, a Senior lecturer with the Accountancy department and convocation representative on the Polytechnic Council and Ms. Fausta Ganaa, a Senior Assistant Registrar and head of the Public Relations Department.
The ESQR convention and awards organized at one of Brussels prestigious hotels, le Plaza, witnessed business organizations and leaders, academic institutions and experts, from Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa and Australia receive awards in the same category.
The European Awards for Best Practices program takes a comprehensive look at the initiatives and strategies that leaders implement in their companies and organizations; it recognizes the efforts of exceptional and talented employers and employees and provides motivation for continuous progress.
Other award winners who participated from Ghana included Ghana Telecom University, Royal Bank Ghana, University of Education, Winneba and University of Mines and Technology, Tarkwa.
The European Society for Quality Research (ESQR), based in Lausanne (Switzerland), handles strategic questions in quality management and promotes quality culture and continuous improvement in quality through its annual conventions.
A former Registrar of the University of Mines and Technology Mr. Emmanuel K. Bedai has asked Accra Polytechnics Management to make accessible the Polytechnic’s code of ethics to senior employees especially as the institution prepares for convention to a Technical University.
According to him “the code of ethics will outline the mission and values of the organization, how professionals are supposed to approach problems, the ethical principles based on the organization’s core values and the standards to which a professional is held”.
The former UMaT Registrar made this known to the senior administrators at a one day workshop organized for them under the theme “Promoting Work Ethics among the Senior Staff in a University” here in Accra at schools auditorium.
He cautioned that “On every new job you are given a Code of Ethics for that specific organization, explaining all the rules, regulations and expectations the organization demands from each and every one of the employees, anyone who breaks the regulations given must be punished without any consideration”.
The facilitator, asked the Senior Administrators to be punctual to work, keep issues of confidentiality to themselves, and talk less during working hours in the new era as a Technical University.
Rector of the Polytechnic, Prof. Sylvester Achio used the opportunity to call on the senior administrators to help Management with new ideas in running the Polytechnic instead of sitting on the fence and managements short comings. He appealed to senior administrators of the Polytechnic to uphold the new commitment level as the institution prepares to migrate to the University status.
The Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Accra Polytechnic on Thursday, the 9th of June, 2016 at the Ghana Statistical Service Conference Hall in Accra.
The Memorandum of Understanding was signed as both Institutions recognize the need to bridge the gap between practical knowledge and industry.
The Government Statistician, Dr. Philomena Nyarko speaking at the signing ceremony applauded Accra Polytechnic for making such a giant step in equipping students with skills for the competitive labor market.
She explained that, the collaboration between Accra Polytechnic and Ghana Statistical Service will curb the daunting challenge of mobilizing resources and the needed capacity to produce accurate, reliable and timely data to assist policy formulation, implementation and monitoring.
She hammered on the need to replenish the human resource base with qualified and competent researchers to upgrade accuracy.
The Chairman for the ceremony, Dr. Boeh Ocansey advised other Polytechnics to emulate the efforts of Accra Polytechnic in working closely with industries. This he believes will help in achieving the practical tools and experience the industry desires.
Rector of Accra Polytechnic, Prof. Sylvester Achio expressed gratitude to Ghana Statistical Service for sharing in its great vision and pledged to make good use of the collaboration to ensure an exponential output in the coming years.
Vice Rector of the Premier Polytechnic, Prof. Edmund Ameko has advised sister Polytechnics to carve a niche for themselves as vocational-oriented institutions especially as the institution prepare for convention to Technical Universities. The Vice Rector who also doubles as the Chairman of the Planning Committee for the launch of the institutional research journal dubbed “APT Journal of Multidisciplinary Research” shared this piece of advice at the launch of the maiden edition here in Accra.
According to him, the Research and Innovation Centre of the Polytechnic with the support of Management, Academic Board, and Council of the Polytechnic is ready to help develop an institutional research journal that would not mimic the traditional research journals.
“This is to make sure that authors are not writing articles just for the sake of publishing to increase the number of articles under their belt but rather that authors would be writing articles because they would be identifying relevant and real problems affecting our society, researching to find practical solutions to the problems and publishing to place the knowledge in the public domain,” he said.
Prof. Ameko indicated that responsible researchers throughout the world generate or apply knowledge to improve society. “The mission of this journal therefore is to provide a platform for academia and researchers as well as for practitioners in non-academic institutions involved in project management to place their knowledge and findings in the public domain”.
He revealed that the APT Journal of Multidisciplinary Research is an international peer reviewed open access research and project management journal and freely available online.
The Deputy Minister in Charge of Tertiary Education, Hon. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwah has stated that he is much excited about the tremendous progress being made by Accra Polytechnic in the Education Sector especially as the institution prepares for convention to a Technical University. “The Premier Polytechnic is making a stripe for itself. I have no doubt that you are ready for the conversion”, he added.
Hon. Ablakwah made the statement during the official launching of Accra Polytechnic’s Research Journal dubbed “APT Journal of Multidisciplinary Research (APTJMR)” here in Accra at the institution’s auditorium.
According to the Deputy Minister, research journals are significant in our today’s world. “Journals are imperative they bring to light what is new in knowledge to better our lives” he said. He urged the Editorial Board to be proficient, unbiased and be more professional. He indicated that, President John Dramani Mahama remains committed to support Research in the country and Accra Polytechnic is no exception.
On his part, Rector of the Polytechnic Prof. Sylvester Achio indicted that, the introduction of this Multidisciplinary Research Journal is very important and timely especially as the institution prepares for convention to a Technical University.
He said, research and practical work has been the backbone of successes the Polytechnic has witnessed over the years, “we are now under more intense pressure to work harder in the research department and be able to publish our work thereby contributing to the development and solving of various challenges in the globe” he added.
Prof. Achio revealed that Management will equip the Research Directorate with befitting Research Centre to facilitate its work.
Chairman of the occasion, Mr. Divine Ayidzoe who is also the Ministry of Education Rep on the Polytechnic’s Council expressed his delight in chairing such a wonderful launch. “The Polytechnic is striving to bridge the gap between tertiary education and the industry, this has helped the Polytechnic students to gain employment right after school and even before they graduate”, he added.
Present at the Launch also were some other Council Members of the Accra Polytechnic Council, Registrar of the Polytechnic, Vice Rector of the Polytechnic and across section of the Polytechnic community.
Rector of Accra Polytechnic Prof. Sylvester Achio has promised students with the Hotel Catering and Institutional Management Department that Management is thinking of a way to support and cushion them when it comes to undertaking their practical assignment in their area of specialization.
According to the Rector “I know it’s very expensive to carry out such practical assignments” he said.
This was disclosed at a mini function organised by HCIM Department for students to showcase their practical knowledge and skills in food preparation at the school’s auditorium here in Accra.
The USA Rice representative for Ghana, Mr. Daniel Ansong also assured students with the Hotel Catering and Institutional Management Department of a new ultra-modern kitchen for them to undertake their practical works.
“The long standing relationship between the Department and the USA Rice group has been a beneficial one to both the institution and the U.S rice group” he said. He revealed that the U.S group is planning to organize another Polytechnic cooking competition.
Mrs. Vida Doku, Head of Department of the HCIM explained the purpose of the occasion saying “such opportunities are created for students to enable them exhibit their skills in diverse ways by way of the hands-on training which is the ultimate aim of our training”.
The Department in collaboration with the USA rice group used the opportunity to launch a Recipes Book, a book which will guide students on how to prepare different kinds of rice dishes.
The function` was organised under the theme, “Carved Buffet Lunch for Book Launch”.
As part of the assessment process, visitors and invited guests who were at the programme were presented with evaluation forms for them to make their impressions on the students’ performance known.
Stone throwing and shear intimidation at the Legon Athletic Oval’s Central Court has marred an otherwise dramatic final of the 2016 Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges (UPAC) Basketball championship.
Champions, they say die hard and that was the spirit replicated by the indefatigable A-Poly Basketball team after they battled their way from behind to come within inches of victory.
In fact, all the two-time UPAC Champions needed was a 30-second holding game to see off the opposition from UG in order to accomplish an unprecedented three straight gold-medal wining feat but that was not to be as those 30-seconds turned into nervy moments that were characterized by throwing of stones and sachet water from the home fans.
At the end of it all, the UG team triumphed by beating Accra Polytechnic 45-44 points to win the 2016 UPAC Championship in front of their home fans.
As is the case for all champions, the games had a number of sub-plots as the game’s physicality ultimately resulted in one of A-Poly’s key players, Farahat Tamimu, fouling out of the game and had to watch the whole of the fourth quarter from the bench.
In his absence, however veteran Guard and 2015 Most Valuable Player for Accra Polytechnic, Abdul Mutaleeb Alhassan had to carry the offensive load of the team and he did so with shear bravado, leading the team to take a two point lead in the game from the free throw line.
Also in the thick of affairs was Center Suleman Abubakar’s incessant hustle plays which ensured Accra Polytechnic stayed in the game when it looked most likely that UG would pull away.
With time running down and silence gripping the home fans at the Centre Court, UG’s Emmanuel Wolff nailed a deep three point shot to give University of Ghana a 45-44 lead with 16 seconds left on the clock.
On the ensuing possession, Accra Polytechnic got called for a questionable offensive foul which gifted University of Ghana the chance to run down the clock and end Accra Polytechnic’s reign in the Championship.
Meanwhile, speaking in an interview after the game, the coach of A-Poly Basketball team, Mr. Braimah Lawal has hinted that he may not allow his team to play under such hostile conditions in the future, especially with the kind of intimidation witnessed from the UG fans.
For their part, Meme Falconer, coach of the UG team was named coach of the tournament whereas Muhaimin Guba was named Most Valuable Player of the 2016 UPAC basketball tournament.
Accra Polytechnic have made a firm case for the defense of the Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges (UPAC) Basketball Championship title after emerging champions of Zone F in the 2016 games.
The two-time Champions achieved the feat of representing the zone by seeing off competition from Valley View University (VVU), Zenith University College (ZUC) and Blue Crest University (BCU).
The A-Poly team first defeated VVU by 54-29; ZUC by 44-33 before proceeding to beat BCU by 27-23 in the last round of preliminary games in what was the toughest game of the day for the champions.
By that win, the A-Poly team has preserved a feat of never losing a competitive game at home.
The team always looked the side to come out of the zone considering the massive pedigree it has in Ghanaian and West African circles.
However, it was one of two debutants in the zone, BCU, that gave Accra Poly its’ toughest test yet as they matched the two-time champions with every amour they had in their arsenal. Blue Crest proved a hard nut to crack throughout the game with the likes of Kofi Otu and the rest challenging for every ball.
The frustration of Accra Polytechnic players was visible and it boiled over when star Shooting Guard, Abdul Mutaleeb Alhassan, got ejected from the game after committing a second intentional foul.
What happened after was a frantic and uncoordinated change of style from Accra Poly as it tried to get back into its’ groove. They found it in a collected team effort with Center, Suleman Alhassan leading the charge.
In the end, Accra Polytechnic’s more experienced hands did the trick to give them a vital win to complete yet another wonderful run.
Following that achievement, the Accra Poly team will represent Zone F in the last eight at the Accra Polytechnic Sports Complex on April 14 with the likes of University of Development Studies-Tamale, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and Takoradi Polytechnic, looking to battle them for the winner’s medal.
The Sports Manager of Accra Polytechnic, Mr. Princeworth Anane-Asare was pleased with the effort of his players and was very certain of the retention of the title in spite of the absence of players like Romeo and Dodzi.
Accra Poly’s starting Center, Suleman Alhassan was declared Most Valuable Player of the tournament; ending the streak of Point Guard’s winning the coveted award every time.
A renowned Labour Relations Consultant, Mr. Kwame Gyan Ofori has stated that conducive working environment is crucial in every well-organized institution.
The labour relations consultant sounded this word of advice during a seminar organized at Elmina Beach Resort, Cape Coast for union executives of Accra Polytechnic to educate them on their rights and responsibilities as employers, employees and unions.
He advised Management to keep open channels of communication with the workers and protect the interests of the workers. Mr. Gyan said, “As an employer, you are mandated to develop the human resources by way of training and retraining the workers”. “We thrive to improve productivity in our working environment but sometimes employers turn to neglect the basic necessities that facilitate high productivity”, he revealed.
According to the Labour Relations Consultant, it is the right of every employer to transfer or terminate the contract of his employee but he believes it should be done in accordance with the labour law.
Mr. Gyan said organized Labour serves as representation for employees on both institutional and national decision making platforms. “The union is the voice of the workers on issues relating to conditions of service, wages, and work hour which is done through collective bargaining” he said. He stated that organized labour in the workplace, negotiate wages and other working conditions on behalf of its members.
He cautioned that any worker who by any kind of threat seeks to intimidate the employer during negotiations of a collective agreement that group is guilty of “unfair labour practice”.
He added that the labour commissions act is to ensure that the rights of workers and employers are not infringed upon in any way. “They are there to take actions against any individual or a group who hinder an employer or employee’s work”, he said. He advised employees to take their work seriously adding that “work conscientiously, report for work regularly and punctually”.