The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu, has vowed to protect, guide and guard the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, (KNUST) at all times so long as the powers and authority vested in him allow to enable the institution living up to its mandate.
According to him, with their first hand relationship and knowledge about the needs and aspirations of the masses anywhere in the country, chiefs should be in a better position to assist the central government to fashion out the right policies and strategies for the betterment of the country.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu was addressing a forum of students and management members of some universities in the country in Kumasi.
The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu hasn been the Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, KNUST, since March 2006 nearly seven years into his reign as the Asantehene.
During his leadership of the KNUST, the institution has recorded some significant feats both in innovation and in the classroom just as it has also suffered some unpalatable incidences notable among which was the 2018 violent student protest that led to extensive damage to both public and private properties costing some one point seven million Ghana Cedis.
This incident also led to the temporary closure of the university at a time when the students were on the verge of sitting for their end of semester examination.
Significant to note was his insistence that existing channels in the Statutes of the University be followed in resolving the impasse leading to a re-opening of the school.
The management of the KNUST therefore consider the leadership of the Chancellor worthy of celebration and therefore organized a series of activities to coincide with is 20th enstoolment anniversary.
At the start of the weeklong celebration was a parade of University Cadet of nine officer Cadet and 112 cadet who mounted a drill at the Royal Parade Grounds in Otumfuo’s honour.
At an official opening ceremony at the Great Hall, also attended by the Vice Chancellors of the other public traditional universities in the country, KNUST Council members and management members as well as students of the university and selected Senior High Schools.
The Chairman of the KNUST Council, Nana Effah Apenteng, explained that the gesture is the university’s recognition and appreciation of the contribution of Otumfuo Osei Tutu to the progress of the KNUST since his assumption of the chancellery of the institution since March 2006.
The Vice Chancellor, Professor Akwasi Obiri-Danso, commended Otumfuo Osei Tutu for playing an interplay between culture, innovation and technology of Ghana and the KNUST.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu, who doubles as Chancellor of the KNUST, described the 20th anniversary celebration of his enstoolment as the Asantehene as a wake up call on all traditional rulers in Ghana to work with government as nodes of continuity to improve the socio-economic wellbeing of the people at all levels.
Story by Nicholas Osei-Wusu