Dr. Hilla Limann Technical University (DHLTU) on June 3, 2023 graduated and conferred on 365 students with Higher National Diploma (HND) in Engineering, Applied Science and Technology, Applied Arts and Business Management for the 2021/2022 academic year.
Out of the number, 36 obtained first class honours, 180 obtained second class (Upper) and146 (Lower), while three graduated with pass.
Vice Chancellor of the Technical University, Professor Elias N.K Sowley said the graduation of the students of the institution marks the climax of three years of sacrifice, hard work and dedication on the part of the students as well as mentorship, commitment and coorporation on the part of the university’s staff.
Prof Sowley noted that with the introduction of Bachelor of Technology Programmes in the 2023/2024 academic year, there is the need to augment the staff strength of the University which is further weakened by the institution’s inability to replace separated staff or recruit new ones due to lack of financial clearance.
He therefore appealed to government for technical and financial clearance to recruit new staff as all the Departments and Units in the University are currently understaffed.
He added that, the University currently lacks key officers such as Librarian, Director of Internal Audit and Director of Works and Physical Development.
The Vice Chancellor announced that the institution have been accredited to run seven Bachelor of Technology Programmes.
He said, management have installed streetlights on campus to improve visibility at night whiles collaborating with Ghana Police Service for the establishment of a Police Post on campus as a measure of improving security on campus.
Enumerating the challenges confronting the University, Prof Sowley noted that, projects awarded have stalled with some progressing at a snail pace. He said the Vice Chancellor’s residence is about 70 percent completed with work progressing very slowly.
He said the 10 Number (40 Units 2-bedroom) staff accommodation projects which was awarded in October 2008 and executed by nine different contractors have not been completed.
The Vice Chancellor added that, a Faculty building project on campus which was awarded to WILKADO Construction Works Limited has been abandoned for several years now. This he said, when completed will accommodate all Deans, Heads of Department, Faculty Officers and Examination officers.
He emphasized that, the campus roads which was awarded for rehabilitation to M/S in Engineering and Trading Company Limited in November 2019 are still in deplorable state. The scope of work which covered drainage works, earth works and seiling works which was expected to be completed in May 2021 has since been abandoned with only drainage works completed. The delay in the completion of the work according to the Vice Chancellor have made the inner roads on campus unattractive and unbefitting of a University campus and appealed to the Upper West Regional Minister Dr Hafiz Bin Salih to support and facilitate the completion of the inner roads project.
Some of the graduands who spoke to Radio Waa News expressed joy and happiness for being part of the graduation students. They noted that, the University has imparted in them diverse knowledge to go out and help in the development of society in various capacities. They called on government to create more job opportunities for them to benefit.