The Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II has implored the government to show a higher level of transparency and be candid in these difficult times in order to win the trust and confidence of the general public.
Again, he called for all to reduce wasteful spending and direct resources to economic reproductive areas in order to improve the quality of life of our people.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu made the call on Friday, during the 56th congregation of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).
The congregation saw a total of 16,562 graduating – out of which 13,726 (82.88 per cent) were undergraduates and 2,836 (17.12 per cent) postgraduates.
Out of the postgraduate graduands 124 graduated with PhD degrees of which 31 (25 per cent) of them are females.
The Asantehene urged the government to put in place the right measures to produce outcomes that would be in the best interest of everyone and to promote peace.
He urged the government to bring together best brains together from all political perspectives as it still negotiates for a better package to present the final proposal, so that whatever decision the government takes would be everyone’s responsibility.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu described the current economic situation as a wake-up call for all and asked for a careful review of the economy and to implement of some significant adjustments.
The Chancellor reminded the government to be more accommodating and reach out to those who may oppose them politically in the interest of the country to avoid the collapse of the economy.
The Asantehene used the occasion to launch a project dubbed “KNUST Day of Giving”, which is geared towards encouraging stakeholders to contribute towards the development of the University.
The day, slated for 6th of October every year, would mark the birthday of the University.
According to the Asantehene, on this day, every year, stakeholders will get the opportunity to contribute to the development of the University.
“The 6th of October each year will be devoted to celebrating KNUST’s birthday by all alumni, partners, associates, and friends by giving a birthday gift in any currency across the globe.
“The donation can be as low as 1 cedi, 1 dollar, 1 pound, 1 Euro and up to however much one’s widow’s mite might permit.
“A platform will be created such that every donor automatically becomes a member of the accounts team, monitoring the inflow of donations. As soon as your 1 cedi hits the account, you’ll see the balance.
Of course, if the balance does not look appealing or befitting of this great University, one will always be welcomed to top up,” she said at the 56th congregation of the Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi.