Professor Daniel Bour, Provost of
the College of Arts, Social Science and Technology Department,
at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
(KNUST), has asked government to give contract to local
publishing industries to print text books and other materials for
educational institutions in the country.
He asked the authorities to support the institutions to
enable them to operate efficiently to help improve the economy.
Prof. Bour was speaking at the Launch of the 25th
Anniversary celebration of the Publishing Studies Department of
KNUST, under the theme: “ 25 Years of Publishing Education in
Ghana”, at the Weekend in Kumasi.
He said plans were far advanced to elevate the Department into
a Faculty and to construct a new complex structure to
Prof. Bour commended the Department for the gains
made over the years, saying the University was enthused by its
programmes to help manifest educational activities to the public.
Mr. Elliot Agyare, President of the Ghana Book Publishers
Association (GBPA), said, the book publishing industry should
not be left to develop on its own.
He urged the local publishing industry to partner the
Department to undertake specific priority projects that would
enhance the activities of the Department.
Mr. Joseph K. Onyina, Ashanti Regional Director of
Education, urged students to cultivate reading habit.
Mr. Reuben Glover, Head of Publishing Studies
Department of KNUST, said the programme which started with
nine students in 1984 had a current population of 736 and
produced over 800 graduates most of whom were employed in
various sectors of the economy.
He appealed to government to provide the Department
with resources, adequate infrastructure and Information
Communication Technology facilities to enhance teaching and