The Dean of the Faculty of Technology Education of the University of Education, Winneba (Kumasi Campus), Prof. Reynolds Okai, has urged students to take their education seriously in order prepare a better future for themselves and their nation.
He said no nation or society could develop without education and it was, therefore, incumbent on students to make the most out of their time in school.
Prof. Okai was speaking in an interview with the Daily Graphic after the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) honoured him for being a role model for the students and the youth of the country.
Prof. Okai was honoured alongside six others at the first national awards day of NUGS in Accra.
The purpose of the awards was to acknowledge, encourage, reward and, most importantly, promote the positive achievements of students and the youth in general.
In the citation accompanying Prof. Okai’s award, NUGS said the award was the result of his prominent historical antecedence of innovation in the world of technology and research work.
Prof. Okai holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, and MSc and PhD in Forest Products Science and Technology specialising in Mechanical Engineering for Biological Materials from the University of Nagoya, Japan.
He has about 50 scientific publications to his credit in international journals, conference proceedings and technical papers.
Among his publications are Development of New Technology for Sawing using tip-inserted saw, which is now in use in New Zealand and Japan; control of wash boarding in band saw; utilisation of agriculture residue such as cornstalk and empty fruit bunch of the oil palm; utilisation of discarded oil palm trunk for furniture production.
Prof. Okai once worked with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research as research assistant, and taught as a part-time lecturer at KNUST.