Global oil and gas company Technip has introduced an ICT resource centre for Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology’s Centre of Business Development, a leading science and technology college in Ghana, fulfilling a pledge to aid the commencement of activities at the centre.
The ICT resource centre project is valued at GH23,000 and is intended to promote entrepreneurship skill acquisition among the centre’s students.
Speaking on Monday at the resource centre’s inauguration ceremony held at the university’s campus located in Kumasi, Technip’s manager in charge of engineering Alban Robin said that the centre will create opportunities students can avail themselves of to develop their entrepreneurial skills, which are needed to empower them with the right resources to become self-employed.
On future partnerships with the institution, the engineering manager stated that his company will not relent in its support of KNUST which he said is in line with the institution’s mandate of training individuals to become useful in the development of Ghana.
Prof. Peter Donkor, Pro-Vice Chancellor of the university, described ICT infrastructure as a major challenge the institution has been contending with, he then stated his optimism that the new ICT resource centre would be able to provide KNUST students with the requisite technical skills in the configuration of routers and network technology.
The pro-chancellor, who is also the board chair of KNUST’s Center of Business Development (CBD), urged the university to maintain its partnership relationship with Technip to facilitate the provision of necessary manpower for the oil sector.
Ralph Nyadu-Addo, the centre’s head, said KNUST’s CBD was established in collaboration with the National Board for Small-Scale Industries (NBSSI), with the goal of contributing to the “overall sustainability of industrial and business development of Ghana by exposing and equipping project students of KNUST with entrepreneurial skills.”