Sympathisers Pay Glowing Tribute to Late Prof. Okai

It has been a case of overwhelming outpouring of sympathies to the University of Education Winneba (UEW) and the family of the Late Prof. Reynolds Okai since news broke on February 18, 2018 about the death of the late Professor. Records at the Kumasi Campus of University, where the late Professor was Principal, are indicating umpteenth visit of individuals and institutions that are paying glowing tribute to the memory of the late Professor. Their descriptions of the demised Professor mainly trumpeted his attributes of affability, gentility, industry and religiosity. One of the sympathizers, Right Rev. Jeremiah A. Morrison, Director of Pastoral Care and Counseling of the Methodist Church of Ghana, seized the moment with this reporter to caution University teachers and administrators against getting overly engrossed with work as to neglect paying due attention to their health after signing the book of Condolences at COLTEK on March 14, 2018 “You will not be least useful to your employers and your families if you broke down from literally abusing your bodies in the name of hard work and devotion to duty”, he stressed with concern and subsequently entreated university staff to commit to undergoing regular medical check-ups, go on annual leave and make time for relaxation.

The Clergyman, himself a former staff of UEW who retired at the rank of a Senior Assistant Registrar, conceded that there was unprecedented measure of pressure on university staff to literally ensure survival of their institutions, considering that the education industry had been gripped by overbearing competition in recent times. Coupled with that he was concerned about the general changing lifestyles of people and the unconscious consumption of toxics which made them the more prone to all manner of ailments. “Why won’t we pay attention to our health, take our annual leave to go relax and do regular check-ups so we can immediately seek medical attention to prevent a breakdown and worse of all, sudden deaths”, he questioned, apparently saddened by the passing of Professor Okai whom he described as a friend. He advocated for staff of the UEW to unite and take a cue from the sudden death of the late Professor. “Nobody has control over his or her life; we must love one another and stand together in our quest for the progress of this University” he said as he paid glowing tribute to the late Prof. Okai. “He was my friend. We met for a discussion for the last time on December 3, 2017. He had so much passion to help bring progress to COLTEK. He had laid the foundation for many things, it is unfortunate that he could not live long enough to see his efforts yield results”, he said of the late Professor.

The various institutions that have mourned with the UEW thus far includes Ecobank Ghana Limited, Kwamaman Rural Bank, United Bank of Africa (Gh) Limited, KAPARO Enterprise, Yamoah and Boateng Limited and the Garden City University College (GCUC), APEX Capital Limited, Prudential Bank Limited and the Ashanti Regional Directorate of the National Service Secretariat (NSS). The Prudential Bank Limited, for instance, sent a four-man delegation to COLTEK on March 14, 2018 to mourn with the family and the University. The delegation was led by Mr. Raymond Kofi Appau, Santase Roundabout Branch Manager and had Ms Sonia Mansah Ofori, Georgina Owusu, and Mrs. Naomi Adjei-Twum as members.

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