ABOUT 200 communities are currently benefiting from a new technology for the removal of manganese and iron from underground water.
The technology, developed by the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), in conjunction with the Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA), was part of a Master’s degree programme in water and environmental sanitation at the university.
The Vice-Chancellor of KNUST, Prof. K.K. Adarkwa, who made this known at a special congregation for the award of honorary and postgraduate degrees at the university in Kumasi at the weekend, said the technology was aimed at building capacity for sustainable development in water supply and environmental sanitation in Ghana and the West African sub-region.
Three persons, including a businessman and member of the Council of State, Alhaji Asoma Banda; Prof. Dr Dr Sir George Wireko Brobby, a former Dean of the School of Medical Sciences, KNUST, and Prof. Sir Hilary Beckles, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, St Michael, Barbados, received honorary doctorate degrees.
In addition, 410 postgraduate students from the School of Graduate Studies also graduated.
Prof. Adarkwa noted the strides being made by KNUST in its postgraduate programmes and said the momentum would be sustained for the benefit of the country and the world at large.
Touching on specific developments in the Master’s degree programmes, the vice-chancellor said transportation research seminars, which were now conducted annually to present the findings of course participants to road agencies and the general public, as well as receive feedback and suggest new research areas, were borne out of the Master’s programme in Transportation Engineering at the university.
He further stated that the MSc programme in Plant Breeding and Seed Sciences had resulted in various researches conducted into various crops, including rice, sorghum and cow pea.
For the programme to run smoothly, he said, the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources of KNUST had signed MoUs with the Crops Research Institute in Kumasi and the Savannah Agriculture Research Station in Tamale to enable the students to conduct their research in those institutions and also for joint supervision of student projects by scientists in the two institutions.
The Asantehene and Chancellor of the university, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, congratulated the honorary degree awardees on their contribution to societal development.
On behalf of the awardees, Alhaji Banda thanked the university for the recognition given them.