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"I'm worried about negative media reports about Wa Poly"- Acting Rector

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The Acting Rector of the Wa Polytechnic Mohammed Iddrisu Ngmenipuo has said although the School has been bedeviled with a lot of negativity, authorities were working hard to restore the glorious image of the school.

He said that some reportage by the media have been inaccurate and did not necessarily reflect the true nature of things happening in the institution.

“I have become very skeptical about our media reportage. My conclusion seems to be that most of the time they are fake and cooked by journalists; particularly referring to a Daily Graphic report about an incident that took place here [Wa Poly] a week or so ago. Sometimes if you don’t take time, you can rush to condemn somebody for what they haven’t said,” he lamented.

Mr. Ngmenipuo was speaking at the launch of the Engineering Research Centre for Social Intervention ERCSI of the Wa Polytechnic at Wa in the Upper West Region.

The ERSCI is expected to transform real societal and industrial problems into research topics while coming up with innovative ways of solving them with engineering principles.

It would also help ready engineering students to adequately fit into the job market right after school.

He commended the initiators of the Centre for their fortitude in ensuring its realization. He said as an institution that wants to become the leading name in applied science; this was the way to go.

“We can jumpstart our research activity using that centre. As an academic institution, we have about three main activities that define us; [they are] teaching, research and community service and included in this concept [ERCSI] are all these three items.”

He continued to say that “with our vision to become a world class centre for applied science and technology training, you will see that the establishment of this centre is in the right direction.”

The Acting Rector maintained that the school could stand on the wings of the centre to redefine its purpose while working its way out of the negative perception people have about it.

He said “we have been bedeviled with a lot of negativity in the past and we thing that some of these activities will be some kind of image cleansing an rebranding. We are at work seriously to get this polytechnic back on track.

Mr. Ngmenipuo urged the public to disregard some things they hear about the school as they might not be true. “What people might be reading and hearing about us do not properly reflect our image. We may have problems, but we are working very hard to make things happen.”

Story by Mark Smith

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