The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) School of Ordinance which is now affiliated to the Accra Technical University (ATU) on Friday 9 August has organised an orientation for fresh students.
The orientation which was held at the University campus was in two parts. The first part was on the general services which included, guidelines and counseling provided to students and the second part was a presentation on student affairs, rule and regulations of the university, overview of the faculty of business which the school of Ordinance belongs to among other things.
The Commanding Officer (CO), School of Ordinance, Lt Col Anthony Amoako, in his introductory address thanked the management and staff of ATU for the first time allowing the School of Ordinance to be affiliated to the University.
"We began a milestone to migrate from what we do in the military to conform to civil pattern, and in this year by God's grace we have achieved that milestone. We are now affiliated to Accra Technical University and per tradition demands, when you are going to an elder's house; you need to know the dos and don'ts of the elder”.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof Samuel Nii Odai, welcomed the new students and congratulated them for having been admitted to the University. He said the students should count themselves lucky to be part of the first military personnel to be admitted under the new affiliation and urged them to take their studies seriously so as to come out with flying colours.
The Pro Vice Chancellor, Prof Edmund Ameko, in his remarks commended the CO of School of Ordinance and GAF for taking such a milestone to support and improve the knowledge and skills of personnel.
He stated that ATU was always ready to partner with GAF to upgrade its personnel to compete with their civilian counterparts in the job market after retirement. "ATU doors are always open to GAF since there are many courses available for the soldiers." He added.
Prof Ameko also advised the students to take advantage of the opportunity given them to add value to their lives so as to be marketable after their retirement.
The General Staff Officer grade 1 (GSO1), Lt Col Deku from the Military Academy and Training Schools (MATS) on behalf of the Commandant, Maj Gen Omane-Agyekum gave a brief overview of GAF and the School of Ordinance and thanked the management and staff of ATU for their gesture.
He assured the University that GAF would do its utmost best that the students comply with the rules and regulations of ATU.
In all 96 personnel from the various Tri-Service of GAF were admitted into the University.