Prof. Joshua Alabi administering the oath of office
The Governing Council of Accra Polytechnic has inducted Dr. Sylvester Achio as the new Rector of the polytechnic.
The chairman of the Council, Prof. Joshua Alabi, on Friday, administered the oath of office, in line with the Polytechnic Act of 2007 (Act 745).
Dr. Achio, 54, until his appointment, was a senior Lecturer and Head/Co-ordinator of the Research and Innovation Centre of the Accra Polytechnic, and a student academic counsellor.
In 1997, he took up lectureship appointment in the School of Applied Sciences and Art in the Department of Science Laboratory Technology, to lecture Biology and Micro-biology.
He served two terms as the Vice Rector of Accra Polytechnic, between 2003 and 2007.
Dr. Achio has rendered consultative services in various capacities to various institutions including the Methodist University, Ghana; Koforidua Polytechnic; Utrecht School of the Arts (The Netherlands); as well as some Ministries in Ghana, notably, Education, Science and Technology, Finance and Economic Planning, the West African Examination Council as a moderator of examination questions and the National Board for Professional and Technical Examinations.
Inducting the new rector into office, Prof Alabi, commended Dr Achio on his appointment, and urged him to continue the good works of his predecessors.
“It is not for nothing that you have been elevated to this position as Chief executive Office of Accra Polytechnic.
“Expectations are understandably high and therefore you have a very daunting task in counting the good works of our predecessors and at the same time, mounting the institution to higher levels, than it is today.
“You have been carefully chosen because the Council believes that you have the back ground, skills and expertise to provide the kind of leadership required”, he stated.
Prof. Alabi assured the rector: “the council is solidly behind you and will always be there to provide the necessary support and strategic direction, needed for you to succeed.”
He advised the new rector to operate an open-door administration and accept divergent opinions from within and outside, reminding him “in your to reform, you may face opposition but do not despair”.
Prof. Alabi called for cooperation and collaboration from the entire polytechnic community, including stakeholders, parents, guardians and well wishers, “without them, all the efforts of the new Rector, would amount to nothing.”
“We wish that at the end of his term of office, we would be satisfied that, Accra Poly has become a centre of excellence in the teaching, training and research of applied sciences arts and technology,” Prof. Alabi stressed.
The outgoing Rector, Dr. Festus Addo-Yobo, commended Dr. Achio and wished him the best of luck and God’s blessing in the discharge of his duties.
“It is often said that to see far into the future, one stands on the shoulders of one’s predecessors.
“May you retain the high technical content for which Accra Poly is highly regarded and instill into our students, the drive towards excellence, adherence to standard codes of practice and application of common sense,” Dr. Addo-Yobo advised Dr Achio.
For his part, Dr. Achio, expressed his gratitude to the Council, for the confidence repose in him and assured to work diligently to justify the appointment.
“I pledge to work hard to make Accra Polytechnic, a Centre of Excellence, and would be firm in pursuit of the strategised plan for the development of the institution”, he assured.
Outlining his vision, Dr. Achio revealed that the Polytechnic intends to sign an agreement with the government, with aid from the French government, to assess the possibility of “Accra Polytechnic weaning itself off government subvention”.
He explained that though Accra Poly depends greatly on government’s grant through regular subventions to meet its budgetary needs, “this pilot project is expected to yield fruits within the next five years of its implementation.
The Minister of Education, Mr. Lee Ocran congratulated Dr Achio and advised him to extend ‘olive branch’ to all members of staff to come board, to contribute to common purpose.
“You must involve the faculty in applied research activities which would raise the corporate image of your polytechnic,” he told the new rector.
Mr. Ocran commended the management of Accra Polytechnic, for its massive infrastructural development on campus, as well as producing graduates who hold enviable positions of responsibility, essential to sustaining the country’s development.
He lauded Dr. Achio for charting the cause to wean Accra Poly off the government subvention, and encouraged him to pursue more such prudent and pragmatic programmes and initiatives.