Late Prof (Ing.) Okai’s Mortal Remains Interred at Nkurakan in the Eastern Region
The mortal remains of the former Principal of the College of Technology Education, Kumasi (COLTEK) of University of Education Winneba (UEW), Prof. (Ing.) Reynolds Okai was interred, last Sunday, May 27, 2018 at the family cemetery in Nkurakan near Koforidua in the Eastern Region.
Hundreds of individuals from across the country and representatives of various institutions joined the late Professor’s family and UEW to honour the deceased with a fitting burial at Nkurakan and final funeral rites at the Koforidua Technical University (KTU).
The Chairman of the Governing Council of UEW, Prof. Emmanuel Nicholas Abakah led other UEW top brass to the ceremony. Among them were the Acting Pro-Vice Chancellor, Prof. James Kagya Agyemang; Registrar, Surv. Paul Osei- Barimah Esq.; Acting Head of Finance, Mr. Bruno Chirani; University Librarian, Mr. Viscount B. Buer, as well as Principals of UEW’s Colleges of Technology Education, Kumasi, and Language Education, Professor Frederick K. Sarfo and Professor Ephraim Aveah Nsoh. Also present was Prof. Harrison Dapaah, Vice Chancellor of the University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR).
There were representatives from most Technical Universities and Polytechnics in the country; Private Universities, Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET), the Forest Research Institute of Ghana (FORIG) among others. Representatives from several institutions affiliated to UEW also graced the ceremony in addition to various business partners of the University including the GCB Bank, Harper Road Branch; Ecobank, Tanoso Branch; Kwanmaman Rural Bank and Senator Hotel, Tanoso all in Kumasi. UEW donated an undisclosed amount, crates of assorted minerals and bottles of schnapps in line with the policy of the University. The University also provided the casket, hearse and bore the cost of preserving the body in the morgue.
The Director of Personal Ministry, East Ghana of the Seventh Day Adventists’ (SDA) Church, Pastor Albert Darko used the sermon at the pre-burial service at KTU to draw attention of mourners to the inevitability of death in all humans and cautioned that judgement would follow. “It is therefore important for all of us to be mindful to live right and honour God in all we do because judgement shall surely come one day”, he emphasised.
Various institutions and individuals paid glowing tributes to the late Prof. Okai. The tributes were loud on his selflessness, affability, industry, intelligence, dynamism, progressiveness and devotion to duty. UEW, for instance, described his life as a blessing and memory of him as a treasure. “You are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure”, the University said in a tribute that catalogued the shining life that the deceased lived in UEW.
COLTEK rued that its tireless efforts could not measure up enough to ward off death from overpowering Prof. Okai whom it described affectionately as an avid teacher, efficient administrator and a pleasant person.
Although heartbroken over the sudden death, widow, Mrs. Dora Okai was thankful to God for having blessed her with such a hardworking and loving husband who gave the family so much exposure and educated their children to the highest levels possible. Mother of the deceased, Madam Grace Kumah Sackey said the family was utterly proud of the life he lived. “You were so selfless, caring, dedicated, disciplined and loving”, she said of her late son.
The late Prof. Okai died on February 18, 2018 while on an official assignment far away in China. He was suddenly taken ill and died as a result. He was 52. The quinquagenarian worked in UEW since the year 2005 and rose through the ranks to the high office of Principal for COLTEK, a position he was ably applying himself to until his sudden call to glory.
He also served in various capacities including editor-in-chief of some journals, external examiner as well as chairmanship and membership on many committees and Academic Boards. He was survived by a wife and four children.