The Ghana Institution of Surveyors has donated 25 laptops to the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science Technology (KNUST), to support the Vice Chancellors initiative known as ‘Support One Needy Student with One Laptop’ (SONSOL) which seeks the support of all stakeholders to provide one laptop to brilliant but needy students .
The presentation followed an appeal by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor (Mrs.) Rita Akosua Dickson, to the Ghana Institution of Surveyors after she assumed office last year.
According to the President of the Ghana Institution of Surveyors, John Amaglo who led the delegation to present the items, the Institution was touched by the plight of students who could not access online resources, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic, and also to fulfil a promise made to the Vice Chancellor on September 15, 2020.
“I am here with my delegation to redeem a pledge we made to you on the 15th of September 2020 when a delegation of the women’s wing of the Ghana Institution of Surveyors paid a courtesy call on you. The visit was to congratulate you on your elevation to the higher office of the Vice-Chancellor of this university. As you may be aware the majority of our membership are alumni of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology,” he said.
“During that interaction, you shared some of your visions with the delegation. One of your visions is a project dubbed the ‘SONSOL PROJECT,’ which is ‘Support One Needy Student with One Laptop.’ You elaborated vividly how many students were handicapped because they could not access their online resources when the university went entirely virtual because of the covid-19 pandemic,” Dr. Amaglo added.
“Today I am here with my delegation to present twenty-five (25) laptops to you as our contribution towards the SONSOL Project. I want to assure you that we shall continue collaborating with the university in other areas whenever needed.”
Professor (Mrs.) Rita Akosua Dickson who received the computers on behalf of the University showed appreciation to the Institution.
“We are very much happy and super excited that you have been able to listen to our call. Your kindness and generosity this afternoon for us is overwhelming,” she explained.”
The delegation from the Ghana Institute of Surveyors include Surveyors Dr. Mrs Victoria Aboah, Coordinator, Women in Surveying, Dr. Matilda Fiadzigbey-First female president of the Institution, and Christiana Nyarko, Ashanti Regional Coordinator of Women in Surveying.
Others are Surveyors Juliana Opoku Nyarko, Head of Estate Organisation, KNUST; Reverend Professor Aryer, Professor E.M Osei Jnr and Eric Afari Asare.
The SONSOL project is an initiative launched by the Vice Chancellor of KNUST, Prof. Rita Dickson on assumption of office. The goal of the project is to help provide laptops for brilliant but needy students who cannot afford the cost of purchasing a laptop. Several organisations and institutions have donated some laptops to KNUST since the project was launched. Delivering her maiden State of the University address on Thursday 9th December 2021, the Vice Chancellor said “with the support of our stakeholders we have received 910 laptops valued at approximately Four Million Fifty Thousand Ghana Cedis (GH 4,550,000.00) and given out 600 laptops to our needy students.”