All Set for One-Week Observance of Death of Prof. Okai
All is set for what is expected to be a fitting One-Week Observance of the passing of Principal of the College of Technology Education, Kumasi (COLTEK) Prof. (Ing.) Reynolds Okai. In the last few days, every Tom, Dick and Harry at COLTEK has been busy doing one activity or the other, all in preparation for the One-Week Observance (typically an Asante customary rite) scheduled for Sunday March 18, 2018 at the ceremonial grounds at COLTEK.
The One-Week Observance is primarily an opportunity for the family and key stakeholders to deliberate and come out with dates and roadmap for the burial and final funeral rites of the deceased. Adequate publicity, for instance, has been made through display of posters on the event on campus and several partner institutions. Additionally, deliberate efforts to bring the campus to the cleanest level possible, had also been underway with gardeners weeding and manicuring lawns. As at last Friday, March 16, 2018, the ceremonial grounds was in perfect shape and ready to host the hundreds of well-wishers and sympathisers expected to attend the event. On the sidelines of core activities to ensure a successful One-Week Observance, various staff groups at COLTEK have also been meeting to deliberate on ways they could help to make the ceremony fitting enough for the late Professor who devoted some years of his life helping to bring COLTEK to the high level of excellence it had committed itself to achieve eventually.
Following a staff meeting with COLTEK Management on March 13, 2018 where key decisions were taken on the expected roles of staff during the event, the Tertiary Education Workers Union (TEWU) went into an extended meeting to deliberate further on the matter soon after the general staff meeting. Members of the Federation of University Senior Staff Association of Ghana (FUSSAG), the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) and the Ghana Administrators Association of Ghana (GAUA) also met on different days in connection with the looming ceremony. The general feeling on the COLTEK campus is that everybody is ready to play respective roles on the fateful day to ensure a smooth ceremony. Management members of the University of Education Winneba are expected in Kumasi to play various roles during the observance. Attendees to the event are expected to appear in the traditional mourning colours of red and black.