The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation(GNPC) Dr. Kofi Kodua Sarpong has charged the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology(KNUST) to hold the fort of the government’s One District One Factory (1D1F) policy by leading in scientific research that will enhance the products from the factories for other Universities to follow.
According to him, technocrats are to bring their expertise, knowledge and support to bear on the 1D1F policy since it seeks to accelerate Industrialization in the country.
Dr. Kodua Sarpong stated that although the policy is mooted by the government, it is expected to be a private sector-led venture that will seek to add value to locally produced raw materials for export and local markets.
“If we really believe in restoration of accelerated Industrialization for Ghana, then time is now for us to be part of the engagement with private entrepreneurs and policy makers. Our expertise is needed in the implementation of the 1D1F policy in our own districts” he observed.
Dr. Kodua Sarpong was speaking at the 10th Biennial Alumni Congress 2019 at the University of Cape Coast(UCC) medical school Auditorium, organized by the executives of the global KNUST Alumni Association held with the theme “Teknokrats; The Critical Partners in Restoring, Accelerating and Sustaining Ghana’s Industrialization”.
He tasked KNUST to collaborate with other Universities to seek funding for research into adding value to raw materials to enhance the life of ordinary Ghanaians.
According to the CEO of GNPC the nation cannot continue to live in a “buy-and sell” economy where every space is occupied by a shop of some sort filled only with imported goods.
He observed that the country cannot also export all the natural resources for pittance hence there is the “need to carve a niche for ourselves in the 1D1F policy to promote our own wellbeing”.
Tek. Dr. Kodua Sarpong charged KNUST to start inculcating the spirit of entrepreneurship in all students whether they are reading fine arts, history, engineering, agriculture or medicine which should begin on campus before students graduate.
He again called on the Universities to train students as entrepreneurs and offer them opportunities to begin start-up jobs before they even leave school since the Universities cannot train students who will graduate and only look up to the government for employment.
On her part, the Global KNUST Alumni President Tek. Eunice Akosua Amoako described the association as the best institutional ambassadors for their Alma mater and promised on behalf of the association to continue to engage their Alma mater to achieve its vision and building on its leadership as the premier science and technology University in Ghana. It is also expected that, KNUST becomes part of the top 10 Universities in Africa.
“I have a dream that very soon we will build a robust database of a hundred thousand technocrats who would take control and determine the quality of training at KNUST and the value we bring to our society”, she stressed.
Source:MyNewsGh.com/Asana Gordon, 2019.