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KNUST defeats three-time winner UMaT to win 2023 edition of Gas Challenge

The “Lean Gas” team representing Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has triumphed over three-time winners of the competition, UMAT to earn bragging rights as “champions” of the 4th edition of the “Gas Challenge.”

The theme for this year’s edition is; “Embracing the Future Together: Building a Sustainable Gas Industry Through Education”.

A total of 12 tertiary institutions participated in this year’s edition of the “Gas Challenge”.

Also present at the prize-giving ceremony were members of the press and a broad cross-section of players in the oil and gas industry.

The quiz competition aims to build capacity and prepare future generations to take on leadership roles in the gas industry.

The Grand Finale of the competition was held at the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences, Accra on Thursday, 30th November, 2023.

At the end of the fifth round of the quiz competition, Kwame University of Science and Technology (KNUST) won with 55 points, the University of Mines and Technology (UMAT) and the Regional Maritime University (RMU) followed suit with 50 and 34 points respectively.

The Minister for Public Enterprises and member of parliament for Effia Constituency in the Western region, Joseph Cudjoe who graced the occasion as a keynote speaker, expressed optimism that “gas” will soon become an important component of Ghana’s economy and urged students to be hungry to acquire knowledge in the gas industry.

“Let me reach out to the students. The government plans to develop a gas-driven industry, so far as energy is concerned. Ghana has the resources and indigenous gas, we’re doing everything from power generation to domestic usage, and the Ghana government is developing that industry.”

“So, so far as career development is concerned that industry has a lot of potential for students who acquire knowledge in gas and acquire expertise in that area because gas is going to be a significant part of Ghana’s economic development and so let’s endeavor to take its study seriously because it is an expanding industry” Cudjoe said.

Also speaking to Asaase News, the Senior Manager for Government Relations and Chairperson of the Gas Challenge Planning Committee, Augustina Asare Osei described this year’s edition as “surprising”. This follows the sterling performance all the participating schools showcased during the fourth edition of the quiz competition this year.

“It’s surprising, we had a lot of dynamics, we had, for instance, all female contestants from Ho, which made it to the semifinals, which was an unbelievable performance that they put up.

“We also had new institutions coming in, in the semifinals. RMU for instance, this was the first time that they made it to the finals and for instance, UMAT, UMAT lost their prelims they had to come in by virtue of the highest score. But then when they got into the semifinals, they won their semifinal session.”

“So all these dynamics and now we see KNUST making history for the first time winning it, three times finalist. Last year, they couldn’t make it to the finals. And now they bounce back very heavily. So that’s quite Yeah, so it had all the drama and everything and excitement and whatnot. It’s yet perhaps one of the best contests so far” Asare Osei added.

One of the contestants from the winning team (KNUST), Emmanuel Cornan ascribed their win to adequate preparation from their camp.

“We saw this coming, right from the prelims we won our first contest, no sweat so yeah, we were very confident of our win. Well, a lot of learning, a lot of practice, and the calculation questions. We had a lot of quizzes too and that was the basis of the preparation. I’m very excited”, Cornan told Asaase News.

The winners of the competition, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, took home a cash prize of forty thousand cedis, laptops for all contestants, a citation, and a winners’ plaque.

The 1st runner-up, the University of Mines and Technology took home a cash prize of twenty thousand cedis, laptops for the contestants, a citation, and a plaque for the institution. The 2nd runner-up, Regional Maritime University took home a cash prize of fifteen thousand cedis, laptops for the participants, a plaque, and a citation for the institution.


Reporting by Clankson Acheampong in Accra


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