At a meeting today, April 11, 2017 in Kumasi among Vice Chancellors, Rectors, Registrars, Directors of Finance and Representatives of POTAG, PAAG and GAPA, it came to light that the Executive Secretary of the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE), Prof. Mohammed Salifu is gravely overstepping his boundaries.

We wonder whether he understands his functions and responsibilities as the Executive Secretary as enshrined in the National Council for Tertiary Education Act, 1993 (Act 454).

His functions per section 11 (4) of Act 454 provides:
The executive secretary shall:

(a) be the secretary to the Board and shall attend the meetings of the Board, and

(b) in consultation with the chairman arrange the business and cause to be recorded and kept minutes of the meetings of the Board.

His arbitrary violations of the Technical Universities Act, 2016 (Act 922), leaves much to be desired.

The Executive Secretary Prof. Mohammed Salifu, has grossly violated some sections of the Technical Universities Act, 2016 (Act 922).

1. He has issued some guidelines on the Transitional Arrangements for the Technical Universities, an act which is not within his power so to do.

This is so because the Council of the NCTE is not in place but he has arrogated the functions of the Council of the NCTE of which he is just the Secretary, to himself. We think this illegality on his part must stop.

2. Section 42(6) of Act 922 states: “a person in the employment of a Polytechnic in existence immediately before the coming into force of this Act, shall be deemed to have been duly employed by the respective Technical University established under this Act on the terms and conditions attached to the post held by that person before the coming into force of this Act”.

The Executive Secretary of the NCTE, in violation of this provision coerced the then interim council chairman without the concurrence of the interim councils to re-appoint all key officers of the various Technical Universities as interim officers and has unilaterally terminated the appointment of some, as if we are in a Banana Republic and in a military regime, pending new advertisements and appointments, a function which is not in his power so to do.

The Act gives this power to the Councils of the various Technical Universities.

3. Section 26(a) of Act 922 states “A Council shall ensure the implementation of this Act by Statutes which shall, in particular regulate appointments, Conditions of Service, termination of appointment and retirement benefits of the employees of a Technical University”.

From Section 41 of the Technical Universities Act ‘Statutes’ ” means administrative guidelines enacted by the Council of a Technical University in accordance with this Act to govern the internal operations of a Technical University”.
Per his action, he has again arrogated to himself the powers of the Council of a Technical University.

4. His actions are against Rule of Law, a waste of public funds and should not be countenanced.
5. We are therefore calling on the President to remove him from that sensitive position as his acts are derailing the progress of Technical University education which will eventually affect the needed professional technical manpower to advance the progress of this great country, Ghana.

6. We believe, the best and immediate solution to these challenges is the immediate reconstitution of the Governing Councils of the Technical Universities and Polytechnics.
We wish the President well in his effort to continue the good work started by the previous regime to develop Technical Education to the highest level for the development of Mother Ghana.

God Bless Our Homeland Ghana And Make Our Nation Great And Strong.

Long Live Technical Education

Long Live Ghana

Source: STAFF OF TECHNICAL UNIVERSITIES AND POLYTECHNICS IN GHANA