The Kumasi Campus of the University of Education Winneba (UEW) was a beehive of mourners and sympathisers as hundreds swarmed the place from all walks of life to partake in the One-Week Observance of the passing of Late Prof. (Ing.) Reynolds Okai on March 18, 2018.
The Acting Vice-Chancellor, Rev. Fr. Prof. Anthony Afful-Broni; Acting Pro-Vice Chancellor, Prof. James Kagya-Agyemang, the Registrar of UEW, Surv. Paul Osei-Barima Esq. and the newly appointed Acting Principal of COLTEK, Prof. Frederick K. Sarfo led the scores of other Management Members and staff to do reverence to the demised Professor and mourned with the Widow, Mrs. Dora Okai and other family members.
Among the attendees was also the Former Principal for Mampong Campus of the UEW and now Vice Chancellor of University of Energy and Natural Resources (UNER), Prof. Harrison Kwame Dapaah and heads of other academic institutions including both the Koforidua and the Kumasi Technical Universities, who typically led a large number of delegation from their respective outfits to the ceremony.
There were also delegations from a number of churches with the Seventh Day Adventists (SDA) Church for instance, sending different delegations from various areas of the country.
The Late Professor was a devout Adventist. Others came from Research Institutions including the Forest Research Institute of Ghana (FORIG), Traditional Leaders, representatives from the Business World, Bankers as well as family members, friends and staff of the UEW from all its four satellite campuses (Winneba, Kumasi, Mampong and Ajumako).
The UEW presented a total of 45 boxes of assorted bottled water, crates of minerals and cash of GHC2,050 to support the day’s event. It was a sorrowful day filled with weeping, especially for the widow, Mrs. Dora Okai and the immediate family members of the Late Professor. The widow, for instance, wept frequently, sometimes gesturing in ways that demonstrated the deep sorrow and loss that she felt.
Meanwhile the Vice-Dean of Student Affairs at COLTEK, Rev. Dr Joseph Mbawuni led the leadership of the Students Representative Council (SRC) and the Graduate Students’ Association of Ghana (GRASAG) as well as many of the students to the ceremonial grounds to commiserate with the widow and family of the late Professor.
While the College Cadet Corps were on guard duties throughout the ceremony, student associations including Volta Regional Students Association (VORSA) and the Asante Students’ Union (ASU) were on hand to spice up the day with cultural displays and folklore blending quite perfectly with life band tunes provided by the Johnson and Mighty Singers from Asafo SDA church. The mortal remains of late Prof. (Ing.) Reynolds Okai will be interred at Nkurakan near Koforidua in the Eastern Region on May 27, 2018.