OTUMFUO made honorary member of Ghana Institute of Engineers

OTUMFUO made honorary member of Ghana Institute of Engineers

Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Asantehene has been presented with an Honorary Fellow Award of the Ghana Institution of Engineers (GIE), for his personal commitment and support to education and the improvement of the institute, in a colourful ceremony at the Manhyia Palace.

A citation confirming the honorary award read by Ing Kwasi Kwakwa,, immediate past president of the institute 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, accepted the elevation by announcing the setting up of an award scheme for the best engineering student of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) to mark the historic occasion.

He said, “in recognition of my acceptance in the class of Honorary Fellow and to demonstrate my willingness to promote the science and the 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, donate GHC 100,000 seed money for the best engineering student award”.

Otumfuo charged the Vice- Chancellor of KNUST to quickly liaise with his office to work out details for the establishment of the award scheme.

He called on the 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 forecourt of Ghana’s developmental efforts.

The Asantehene however, noted that engineers could only realise their ambitions if they positively transform themselves and the way they approach their work.

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

Among personalities present were Mr. Samuel Sarpong, Metropolitan Chief Executive, Pro Vice- Chancellor of KNUST, Prof. Donkor and the Member of Parliament for Manhyia, Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh.

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