KNUST alumnus donates to school

BY: Daniel Kenu
The Pro VC (left) receiving the cheque from Mr Appiah
The Pro VC (left) receiving the cheque from Mr Appiah

An alumnus of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and Managing Director of Enepa Ventures Limited, owners of Agricultural Manufacturing Group (AMG) company, Mr Ernest Akwasi Appiah, has presented a cheque for GHS1m to support projects of the university.

The cheque is to facilitate some key projects of the School of Public Health and the Department of Horticulture of the Faculty of Agriculture of the university.

He also promised to grant scholarships to 20 deserving students from both Departments each academic year.

Mr Appiah, an entrepreneur, said the donation was in response to a request made by Dr Eli Gaveh, a senior lecturer in the Department of Horticulture, to help the university's ongoing activities.

He said the gesture was in line with his passion to ensure that financial challenges were not a limiting factor in acquiring an education.

"I will continue to help students in similar situations once I am informed," Mr Appiah said.

Pro VC

The Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the university, Professor Ellis Owusu-Dabo expressed appreciation to Mr Appiah for giving back to his school.

He assured the donor that the money will be put to good use, urging other individuals and the corporate world to emulate the charitable gesture.

Prof Owusu-Dabo explained that there were stringent criteria in place for identifying outstanding but underprivileged students for such scholarships assuring Me Appiah that the scholarships will be given to worthy beneficiaries.

Provost

The Provost of the College of Health Science, Prof Christian Agyare, the Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, and the Provost of the College of Agriculture, Prof Enoch Osekre, expressed similar appreciation to Mr Appiah and his company.

Dean

The Dean of the School of Public Health, Prof Sam Newton, reiterated that the fund will help expand infrastructure for public health education at KNUST, increase enrolment and help address current public health challenges such as the Covid-19 pandemic.

Response

Dr Eli Gaveh, an Agronomist and Business Strategist, who facilitated the funding suggested that the dedication of Mr Appiah to build AMG and Enepa into strong indigenous brands should be hailed to spur entrepreneurial drive among university graduates and other youth.

AMG

Established in 2021, AMG is the country's largest indigenous manufacturer and distributor of high-efficiency and high-performance crop fertilizers.

It provides crop nutrition product and strategy to small and large-scale farmers that ensures high yields by implementing less expensive, but highly effective crop nutrition combinations, better crops, raise farmer returns, improve farmer livelihoods and ensure food security and sustainable development.