The management of the Takoradi Polytechnic has inaugurated two laboratories, at a cost of $6 million, for courses in petrochemical and hydraulics. The facilities were constructed by Amatrol Inc of Jeffersonville, Indiana, United States of America, with the support of the Ministry of Education and the Council for Technical, Vocational Education and Training (COTVET) to promote courses in the petrochemical allied areas. In an inaugural address, the Rector, Prof Daniel A. Nyarko, said the polytechnic is gradually carving a niche for itself as a centre of excellence in technical and vocational education and promised management would continue to provide more skill-training for the youth, in the oil, gas allied industry.
He recalled that, in the wake of the oil discovery in 2007, the polytechnic conceive the idea of setting up petrochemical and hydraulics laboratories, to facilitate the training of Ghanaian youth in skills and competence necessary for the emerging industry, saying that, the mission looked impossible then. Prof Nyarko noted that the laboratories had now placed the school in a competitive position, in the provision of technical skills in Mechatronics, Programme Logic Controllers Process Engineering, Instrumentation and Control, as well as Fluid Mechanics. He assured that, these skills would make the graduate employable in the oil, gas and allied industries and therefore appealed to the traditional authorities and opinion leaders in the country to take advantage of the facilities and enroll the youth in the programmes and the short courses in the schools.
The Chairman of the Polytechnic Council, Prof George K. Oduro, stressed the skill-development for the sector, through professional courses, is inevitable for the county’s economic development. “Energy efficiency has become a driver for many industries due to increase interest in reducing carbon footprints and obtaining associated benefits, and it is our hope that the inauguration of these laboratories will address the development of energy efficient fluids and measurement of the resulting benefits,” Prof Oduro added.
Inaugurating the projects, the Minister of Education, Mr Lee Ocran, said the laboratories were part of the effort at training middle level human resources for the country, particularly the oil and gas sector. “With a concerted effort, Takoradi Polytechnic has taken yet another bold step towards the achievement of academic excellence”.
Mr Ocran assured that the laboratories had the potential to transform a lot of our youth into the critical technical workforce that the country needs to achieve the government’s policy objective of having 90 per cent local content by the year 2020 and “we will continue to resource the polytechnics and other technical institutions to deliver on their mandates.”
A representative of Armatrol, Gray Marshall, said the group is excited to be part of the project which would serve the needs of the industry, noting that 21st century is the age of skill-development and the generation of human capital, for the progress of all societies.