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GIE Honours Asantehene

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Albert Ogyiri assisted by Juabenhene, Nana Otuo Serebuo, presenting the citation to Otumfuo who sat in state at the durbarGIE Honours Asantehene

THE ASANTEHENE, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II has been honored with a position as Honorary Fellow of the Ghana Institute of Engineers (GIE) at a colourful traditional durbar of chiefs and people of Asanteman at the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi on Monday...

A citation confirming the honour which was read by Engineer Albert Ogyiri, President of GIE highlighted Otumfuo’s vital contributions to the development of the engineering sector and Ghana as a whole.

The Asantehene, who looked cheerful for the honour done him, wholeheartedly accepted the elevation announcing that he wants to mark the historic occasion by setting up an award for the best engineering student at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).

“In recognition of my acceptance into the class of Honorary Fellow and to demonstrate my willingness to promote the science and practice of engineering, I accept your call to set up an award in the College of Engineering for the students who are being trained as future engineers. I want to encourage the students to excel in their studies. I therefore set up an award for the best engineering student,” he said to loud applause from the large gathering.

He charged the Vice Chancellor of the KNUST to rapidly liaise with his office to work out details for the establishment of the award scheme which he called his widow’s mite towards promoting engineering in Ghana.

Otumfuo asked government to implement the Local Content Policy to protect the practice of indigenous engineering practitioners in the country.

Lauding engineers for their role in the nation’s transformation, the Asantehene said opportunities abound for engineers to be at the forefront of Ghana’s developmental efforts.

He however noted that engineers could only realize their ambitions if they positively transform themselves and the way they approach their work.

Ghana’s oil discovery, he said presents a golden opportunity to increase access to health facilities, potable water, quality education and better road networks through the proceeds generated from the oil.

Otumfuo said the country had in past ten years experienced massive improvements in the areas of infrastructure, attributing part of the success story to the vital roles of engineers, urging them to sustain their good work.

FROM I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi

Source: Daily Guide/Ghana



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