Orientation For Affiliate Freshers From GAF has been held by the Accra Technical University (ATU)
Freshmen from the Ghana Armed Forces School of Ordnance, an affiliate of the Accra Technical University have undergone an orientation ceremony to acquaint themselves with precepts of the University, after the consummation of an affiliation partnership with the University.
The orientation exercise which is a mandatory requirement by the University to orientate fresh students on the activities of the University had entrants from the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) comprising the military, air force and navy.
Mr. Michael A. A. Okae Adow, the Ag. Dean of Student Affairs in his welcome address highlighted the significant opportunity provided for the servicemen and women to learn and improve on their academic competitiveness in the University. He urged the students to work diligently to integrate academic excellence with their military training for their personal growth and the growth of the nation’s military force.
The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Samuel Nii Odai addressing the gathering, recognized the immeasurable contribution of the military in serving the nation on all fronts. He however added that there is the need to add value to the tactical training acquired from the military force by resourcing themselves academically.
“You continue to serve the country in various ways and we are grateful for that. But there comes a time when there is the need to improve academically. It is in the wisdom of this that we have resolved to offer you this opportunity”, the Vice-Chancellor said.
Professor Odai further extended warm appreciation to the rank and file of the Ghana Armed Forces for safeguarding the peace in the country and maintaining a disciplined society.
The General Staff Officer 1 of the Military Academy and Training Schools, Lt. Col. Deku, said the initial direction of the military school was to support the world effort of the colonial government but having evolved, there is the need to make the men and women of the force academically competitive.
The Lt. Col said, though there are nice courses in the military, the courses are not affiliated to accredited Universities to yield gains for the servicemen and women after retirement.
The Deans, Faculty of Business and Applied Arts, Directorates of Academic Affairs, Industrial Liaison among other directorates and departments, took turns to explain their roles and duties.
Students in groups of two were taken on a guided tour of the University campus and facilities.