The University of Energy and Natural Resources Chapter of the Ghana Institution of Engineering yesterday 4th March, 2020 joined the globe in the celebration of World Engineering Day under the theme “Engineering for a healthy planet – Celebrating the UNESCO report”.
The programme, which was held at the University Auditorium, saw the participation of astute Academicians and Students from all walks of engineering disciplines.
The Vice Chancellor of the University; Prof. Elvis Asare-Bediako in an engagement with Emmanuel Swanzy-Baffoe reiterated the essence of engineering.
“This is a wonderful program. Celebrating World Engineering Day. A lot of people are not aware of the role of Engineers in the development of various nations and also enhancing the livelihood of mankind. Today, this program has made clear that without engineering, countries cannot develop. The likelihood of mankind will be affected. We’ve seen today the role of our robotics (for example) through our students” He said.
In his speech, the Ashanti Regional Chairman of GhIE and Patron for the UENR Chapter; Ing. Dr. Emmanuel K. Nyantakyi after briefing the gathering on the current standings of Ghana’s Engineers revealing that the University alone now has 35 professional Engineers who are making stripes in the sector.
“Currently, we have 12,000 professional Engineers in Ghana out of which 1500 are females. I must say that currently in UENR, their are 35 professional engineers… I must also say that in 2018, during the induction ceremony, we (UENR) has for awards – we had best in civil division, electrical and electronics division, best in chemical mining and best in mechanical and agric.” He said.
He further advised UENR engineering students; “It is a day to celebrate engineers and engineering to sustainable development and to modern life so they should just know that engineering is a good programme, they should learn hard so that when they finish school, they will have the chance to write the professional examination and also become engineers like us. Because this country-Ghana can’t go anywhere without Engineers.”
Other speakers at the ceremony included Ing. Prof. K. Adinkra Appiah (Vice Chancellor, Sunyani Technical University) and Ing. Prof. Nana Sarfo Agyemang Derkyi (Dean, School of Engineering) who were represented, Ing. Dr. Emmanuel Amankwah (HOD, Mechanical Engineering Department, UENR), Ing. Dr. Samuel Wiafe (Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Technology) and Mr. Joel Korankye Bugbil (President, GhIE-UENR).
Mantrac Ghana Limited made a short presentation on its “Technicians for Africa” initiative as the UENR Robotics Society also exhibited some inventions – a “Home Efficiency Project” which alerts property owners of burglary, an A.I facial mask recognition project that aids in combating coronavirus and an agriculture innovation that facilitates food security.
Report by: Emmanuel Swanzy-Baffoe