The Chief Executive Officer of Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo), Ing. Ebenezer Kofi Essienyi, has charged the engineering graduates of the College of Engineers at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) to be ‘visionary, daring and transformative” as they embark on the next phase as engineers in the world of work.
Ing. Kofi Essienyi issued the ‘Call to Action’, when he delivered the Motivational Speech at the CoE’s Congregation on 10th November 2023.
In all, 1,655 students graduated.
Ing. Ebenezer Kofi Essienyi (KNUST 94), expressed delight at the increased number of women graduating as engineers as there was only one woman in his year group.
He posited, “Your path is not an easy one but it can truly change the world.”
Ing Essienyi charged, “It’s only in Ghana that your knowledge and skills can truly make a difference,” encouraging them to work at home.
The GRIDCo CEO talked about the importance and role of the modern engineer, saying that the power of engineering is not just to “solve problems” but to transform.
He, therefore, charged the fresh graduates to be “…tech-savvy and innovative to combine their knowledge in the application of science with smart systems to improve the livelihoods of all citizenry. Engineering is rife with situations that require diligent problem-solving.”
He also encouraged them to engage the local District Assemblies, stressing, “As engineers, you hold the keys to unlocking new and sustainable emerging solutions, improving infrastructure, and innovating in ways that can uplift communities.”
A plaque was presented to Ing Ebenezer Kofi Essienyi by Prof Kwabena Britwum Nyarko, Provost of the College.
Mr. Kelvin Tamakloe emerged as valedictorian and dubbed his speech, “The blueprint of our becoming.”
He expressed confidence that his cohort would emerge as, “bearers of change, innovators, individuals who are destined to influence the coming decades,” in a world that is continuously evolving.
The College of Engineering awarded 442 students with 1st Class Honours, while 921 achieved 2nd Class Upper, 285 secured 2nd Class Lower, and seven got passes.
Prof Kwabena Nyarko Britwum, Provost, College of Engineering shared details of efforts being made to ensure the engineering students from the college are ready for a world that is driven by technology and innovation.
He indicated that KNUST is well-positioned to provide graduates who can solve the country’s challenges.