Help complete abandoned projects – UENR VC appeals

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Professor Elvis Asare-Bediako
Professor Elvis Asare-Bediako

Professor Elvis Asare-Bediako, the Vice-Chancellor (VC), University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR), has appealed for support towards the completion of some abandoned projects to give the institution facelift as a public university.

He said the completion of the projects would also promote academic excellence and position the university to admit more students.

Prof. Asare-Bediako made the appeal when he interacted with Madam Justina Owusu-Banahene, the Bono Regional Minister, during the latter’s visit to the University’s main campus in Sunyani.

He said since academic work started in 2012 with 154 students after its establishment in 2011, the students’ population had grown to more than 12,000, but regretted construction work on some educational facilities had become standstill due to lack of funds.

Prof. Asare-Bediako said works on a four storey lecture theatre being put up by the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) as well as a 3,000 capacity auditorium funded by the Bank of Ghana had all been abandoned for some time now.

He added works on three major educational projects at the Dormaa Campus of the University similarly had been abandoned, saying, only one of the projects was about 90 per cent complete.

That notwithstanding, the VC said the University had been able to construct some projects through its internally-generated fund (IGF) and appealed to the government to come to their aid for the completion of the abandoned projects.

Responding, Madam Owusu-Banahene said the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) was engaging extensively with the Ministry of Roads and Highways to reshape and tar access roads in some major public educational institutions in the region.

They included UENR, Sunyani Technical University (STU), Berekum College of Education and the Sunyani Nurses and Midwifery Training College (NMTC).

“The RCC has written a proposal to the Ministry of Roads and Highways for the tarring of access roads at these public educational institutions and we know something good would come out of it,” she explained.

Madam Owusu-Banahene tasked the University to advance the nation’s solar energy system to augment the national electricity supply.

“As a fully-fledged energy University, we expect that you begin to produce affordable solar lamps and bulbs so that people could easily have other alternatives whenever there is a power outage,” she said.

Madam Owusu-Banahene said much was expected from the UENR and the STU towards holistic development of the Bono, Bono East and Ahafo Regions, and expressed the hope that the two Universities would strengthen their partnerships.

The Ghana News Agency (GNA) sighted construction works on access roads including the University’s entrance project were progressing steadily.

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