GRIDCo CEO charges new KNUST Engineering graduates, ‘be visionary, daring and transformative’


Some 1,655 graduating students from KNUST’s College of Engineering (CoE) have been charged to be ‘visionary, daring and transformative’ as they embark on their next phase as engineers in the world of work.

Chief Executive-Ghana Grid Company Ltd. (GRIDCo) issued the ‘call to action’ when delivering a Motivational Speech at the CoE Congregation on 10th November, 2023.

Prof. Kwabena Nyarko Britwum, Provost-College of Engineering, shared details of efforts being made to ensure 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.

Ing. Ebenezer Kofi Essienyi (KNUST 94) expressed delight at the increased number of women graduating as engineers, as there was only 1 woman in his year-group. He posited: “Your path is not an easy one, but it can truly change the world”. Ing. Essienyi highlighted: “Its only in Ghana that your knowledge and skills can truly make a difference,” encouraging them to work at home.

He talked about the modern engineer’s importance and role, saying that the power of engineering is “not just to solve problems” but to transform…thus, he charged the fresh graduates to be “…tech-savvy and innovative in order 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”. The graduates were encouraged to be more involved in local district assembly engagements, 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 Briritwum 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 will emerge as “bearers of change, innovators and 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 7 got passes.

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