The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has stressed his determination to work in partnership with the government to venture into sectors that will generate economic benefits for Ghana.
He said the celebration of his 20th anniversary as the 16th occupant of the Golden Stool “marks a new beginning in Asanteman to tap into opportunities in line with government programmes, working in partnership with corporate Ghana to venture into sectors that will generate economic benefits for Asanteman in particular and Ghana in general.”
Otumfuo Osei Tutu was speaking as the guest of honour at the “Chancellor’s Day” of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), on Monday, as part of the month long 20th anniversary of his enstoolment.
The KNUST has set aside a week as part of the celebration for activities such as a lecture, titled “Osei Tutu II, a Servant King”, photo exhibitions of his 20 years reign, food fair-mainly local dishes.
According to the Asantehene, he was hopeful that KNUST would play a leading role in his agenda to bring fortunes to Ghana and assured that he would do everything possible to “guide, protect the University to the best of my capacity to ensure it becomes one of the best in Ghana, Africa and the world.”
He said the level of cooperation between the University and Manhyia was overwhelming and “I pray that it will continue into perpetuity.”
The Asantehene recalled that 13 years ago when he was called to take the position as the Chancellor of the University, it came with new challenges entirely different from chieftaincy matters that he had been accustomed to “but I was elated because it was an opportunity to serve, and indeed, have nurtured, molded the KNUST to be one of the best science and technology learning institutions in Ghana and a world class one.”
Touching on the theme of the 20th anniversary “Deepening Our Cultural Heritage Through Socio-Economic Development,” the Asantehene noted that chiefs have been able to assist their people to settle disputes, educate them on the proper interpretation and application of customary laws and practices and “more importantly assist them to improve on their socio-economic lives.”
He said “because of this, we are abreast of the needs and aspirations of the masses in Ghana and this knowledge, I believe is a great tool that can be employed to assist central government to fashion out the right policies and strategies for the betterment of Ghana.”
The Vice Chancellor of the KNUST, Prof. Obiri was full of praise for the Asantehene describing him as a true champion, “being at the forefront of promoting culture of Ghana, bringing innovation into the country and has his eyes on technology.”
FROM KINGSLEY E.HOPE, KUMASI