Cape Coast – Saturday August 3, 2019: The Head of the Local Government Service, Ing. Dr. Nana Ato Arthur was Guest Speaker at the 10th Biennial Congress of the Global Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) Alumni held at the University of Cape Coast Medical School Auditorium. The Congress took place from August 2 – 6, 2019 under the theme “Teknokrats; the Critical Partners in Restoring, Accelerating and Sustaining Ghana’s Industrialisation”. In attendance were the Omanhene of Oguaa Traditional Area, Osabarima Kwesi Atta II, Vice Chancellor of KNUST, Prof. Kwasi Obiri Danso, Chief Executive Officer of Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) Dr. Kofi Koduah Sarpong, KNUST Alumni and the Media. The Director for Administration and General Services, Mrs. Eunice Osae and other senior staff of the Office of the Head of the Local Government Service (OHLGS) were also present.
As a KNUST alumnus, Dr. Arthur was appreciative for the training and grooming he received from KNUST which had enabled him to play several critical roles including his current role as Head of the Local Government Service, overseeing the implementation of Administrative Decentralisation in Ghana. He said, Ghana’s industrialization agenda would be better served with Teknokrats using their acquired skills and knowledge to support value addition in various fields to create decent work and livelihoods. He called on fellow Teknokrats in the Local Government Service to support efforts to move the Service to higher heights.
The Global President of the Association, Teknokrat Eunice Ofosua Amoako said the Association was resolute in its determination to strategically marshal and focus the collective energies of all Teknokrats to overcome the numerous challenges confronting development in the country. She expressed profound gratitude to all those who helped to make the Congress a success and encouraged the new executives to give their best to advance the cause of the Association.
Some of the notable achievement by the immediate past executives between the period of May 2017 – July 2019 included establishment of the Alumni Scholarship Fund by the Global Alumni Association to support needy but brilliant students selected by KNUST; cut sod to commence the construction of the Alumni Hostel Project on KNUST campus; and commencement of a mentorship programme; among others. New Global Executives were also elected for a two-year tenure.
The Biennial Congress was organized every two years by the Global Executives of KNUST Alumni as part of the core business of Teknokrats to discuss a broad range of issues covering the Association, University, the nation and beyond with appropriate recommendations to government. The congress provided a platform for Teknokrats to build a stronger unified front, leverage on numbers, connections and networks to pull significant resources to their alma mater. The association also aimed to support continuous improvement in learning, teaching, research and social environment on KNUST campuses.