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Meet the Former Deputy Minister of Communication, and the first GA District Assembly Chief Engineer

Honorable Architect Ernest Attuquaye Armah

Hon. Ernest Attuquaye Armah is a proud Alumnus of Ho Technical University. He joined the University (formerly Ho Technical Institute) in 1973 and completed in 1976 after passing the 1972 entrance examination. He was part of the first year group that wrote the Basic Building Examination before writing the Intermediate Course Examination at the end of their three year program in 1976.

Hon. Attuquaye Armah pursued his Intermediate Course in Block Laying and Concreting. He was part of the year group that did the four year course for three years as a result of the transformation of the J2 Course to Basic Building.

Whiles pursuing his program of study in Ho Technical University, Hon. Attuquaye Armah distinguished himself as a strong sportsman by playing for Ho Volta United Football Club and the school team. He later joined the Hassacas Football Club after completing his program of study in Ho Technical University. Immediately after completing Ho Technical University, he was admitted at Takoradi Polytechnic in 1977 where he pursued Block Laying and Concreting, CTC 1 and CTC 2 and completed in 1981.

He then gained a Russian government scholarship in 1981 to study an architecture course in Kiev, Ukraine in the then Soviet Union. After learning the Russian language for a year, he studied in their University for six (6) years for his first and second degree in architecture respectively from 1982 to 1988.

In 1988, Hon. Attuquaye Armah returned to Ghana to put his expertise to play in transforming the nation. He started his National Service with Accra Metropolitan Assembly under the very inspirational chief Executive, Hon. E. T. Mensah. In 1989, he began to practice as a professional architect with his professional number - Architect (365).

Some of Hon. Architect Attuquaye Armah’s designs include; Accra Metropolitan Assembly Hall, the Agbogbloshie Market Complex, Head Office of the AMA and GA District Assembly. He was then transferred from Accra Metropolitan Assembly to GA District Assembly in 1992 as the first District Chief Engineer. It was during his tenure that the Assembly had for the first time gotten over a billion Ghana cedis in revenue generation due to the policies he put in place (the records are still there for everyone to see under the then chief Executive, Mr. Abed Kwakye Owusu)

Some of the projects Hon. Attuquaye Armah undertook at the GA District Assembly include the following designs and constructions; Madina Market Complex, Hacho Market Complex, Taifa Bolkina Market Complex among others. He was a member of the District Planning Committee that drew the layout of the whole district. The hard work, and the above achievements of his resulted in the recommendation by the chiefs and elders of the district to contest for the position of a Member of Parliament in that constituency in the year 2000.

Hon. Attuquaye Armah served as Member of Parliament for two terms (2000 to 2012), and gave chance to others to continue the good work. His hard work in parliament house earned him the respect of the former President, H.E. Prof. Atta Mills, who appointed him as Deputy Minister of Communication, an appointment that was approved by the Appointment Committee of Parliament.

On behalf of HTU and ARO, we congratulate Hon. Ernest Attuquaye Armah for raising the flag of HTU high, and for the immense contribution to nation development.

‘It’s your duty! It’s my duty! It’s our duty to make our Alma Mata proud as Alumni.

HTU – Adanu Nazu Kekeli.

Published by:

Foster Aharon

HTU Alumni Relations Officer

(0208326080)

1st May, 2021

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HTU ALUMNI PROFILE - Dr. Divine Tuinese Novieto 

Meet the 2004 overall best student award winner at Brunel University, West London, UK. He is a Building Services Engineering Specialist.

Dr. Divine Tuinese Novieto is an alumnus of Ho Technical University – HTU (formerly Ho Polytechnic). He graduated in 1999 with HND Building Technology. Before coming to HTU, Dr. Novieto attended Akatsi Sec. Tech. Sch. at Akatsi for his (SSSCE). He became a staff of Ho Technical University - HTU as an Assistant Instructor in 2001 after his National Service.

In 2004, he won a scholarship to pursue his Master Degree studies at Brunel University - West London UK. He studied MSc Building Services Engineering and completed successfully with Distinction and wining the best Student award.

Dr Novieto returned to Ghana and was appointed the Head of Department (Ag.) for the then Building and Civil Engineering Department. After two years of dedicated service to HTU, he enrolled on his PhD studies at the Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development – DE Montfort University, Leicester UK in 2008. As a PhD student, Dr. Novieto participated in and was one of the winners of the Annual PhD Students poster competition, and subsequently represented his school at the regional event. Dr Novieto graduated in 2013 with Doctor of Philosophy in Building Technology. He returned to Ghana and in 2016 and became the Dean of International Programmes at Ho Technical University - HTU.

He subsequently became the Alumni President (2016 – 2020). Alumni President, Dr. Novieto served as the Alumni Representative on the Governing Council of the University from 2016 to 2020, and also, as the Head of Department for Building Technology (2019 to date),

Dr. Divine Novieto is a Building Services Engineering specialist with an interest in sustainable energy and their applications in the built environment, and recently conducted a field study on hydrogen gas technologies application in Ghana. Dr Novieto was also part of a research team that worked on; Biomass fuel at the Nexus: policy lessons from bottom-up perspectives in urban Ghana an ESRC funded research project and in the experimental; computational and environmental impact study of a solar powered hydrogen production system for domestic cooking applications in developing economies with Professor Kolokotroni of Brunel University.

Dr. Divine Novieto’s other research interests includes; energy efficiency, safety in the Built environment, thermal comfort, and renewable energy. He refers to himself as an Academic, Researcher, Motivational Speaker and Writer.

Ho Technical University, the Alumni Relations Office and the HTU Alumni Association is proud of Dr. Divine Novieto and other cherished alumni of the University who are doing great in their respective fields of work.

Published by:

Foster Aharon

(Alumni Relations Officer)

1st March, 2021

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