The launch took place at the 38th annual Technology Exhibition of the Kantanka Group in Accra last Sunday, during which an array of products manufactured by KTCE, which is located at Gomoa Mpota in the Central Region, were on display.
They included military weapons, exoskeletons, saloon cars, a customised limousine, a V8 engine block and stabilisers.
Also on display were foodstuffs, including species of plantain, yam and cocoyam planted with organic fertiliser.
The exhibition, which was on the theme: “Advancing the frontiers of science, creativity and technology through religion to transform society”, was graced by the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, and other dignitaries, including the Senior Minister, Mr Yaw Osafo-Maafo; the Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng; Members of Parliament, representatives of the various security agencies and traditional leaders.
The excitement at the venue intensified when one of the V8 vehicles, christened “Kantanka Otumfuo”, ceased to move after its driver drank an alcoholic beverage moments before entering the vehicle.
Otumfuo pledges collaboration
Addressing the gathering, Otumfuo Osei Tutu pledged his commitment to collaborate with the Founder and Leader of the Kristo Asafo Mission and brain behind the Kantanka Group, Apostle Dr Kwadwo Safo, to establish a technical school in the Ashanti Region.
The school, he explained, would help sustain Apostle Safo’s “wonderful works” to benefit generations to come and contribute immensely to the development of science, technology and creativity in the country.
While describing the celebrated inventor as a wonderful personality whose works were beyond comprehension, the Asantehene expressed concern about the lack of interest by the state and academic institutions to tap into Apostle Safo’s developmental agenda.
He said he was committed to changing the narrative.
“The works of Apostle Kwadwo Safo go beyond science.
Every year, he comes out with mysterious inventions, yet we have not bothered to go to him to seek explanation as to how he goes about his inventions.
There is something special in him that we must tap and that moment is now,” the Asantehene, who purchased two Kantanka pick-ups at the event, said.
He called on the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and all scientists in the country to take urgent steps to consult Apostle Safo for some explanation on how he came up with his creations in a bid to broaden knowledge in science and creativity in the country.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu encouraged Apostle Safo to persist in his hard work, in spite of the limited support offered him by the state.
He also encouraged the citizenry to prioritise the purchase of made-in-Ghana products “if we really want to end the cycle of economic hardships that have bedevilled the country”.
Change the curriculum
When he took the microphone, Apostle Safo expressed dissatisfaction with the “theoretical nature” of the curricula applied in schools in the country.