The University of Environment and Sustainable Development at Somanya in the Eastern Region has started admitting its pioneer students.
Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Eric Nyarko-Sampson, told GBC’s Radio Ghana that the first of five infrastructural phases of the university, estimated at 45 million Euros, has been designed to offer a conducive atmosphere for teaching and learning.
He said with students reporting on campus, all COVID-19 safety protocols are being strictly enforced to keep them safe.
This follows the completion of the first phase of the infrastructural development of the university.
The contractors used 24-months to work on the €45,575,000 project.
Among the completed projects are 13 lecture halls with a total seating capacity of 1545, a video conference room, computer research rooms offices for lecturers, multi – purpose hall block for the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences with a seating capacity of 252 and a 100 -dining room.
Others are laboratory building for the School of Agriculture and Agro – Entrepreneurship Development, administration block, an 80-bed capacity hostel and an infirmary.
The rest are residences for the Vice and Pro – Vice Chancellors and the registrar.
when the Minister of State in – charge of Tertiary Education, Professor Kwesi Yankah inspected the facilities executed by an Italian construction company, Messrs Contracta Costruroni.
Prof. Yankah said the government of Ghana through the Ministry of Education will develop the Somanya Campus into a modern and specialised centre of excellence in the conduct of research and knowledge dissemination in the area of agro business in a sustainable manner.
He said subsequent to the issuance of the take over certificate has been arranged that the contractor handled the project, when the Ministry of Education was expected to fully take over.
He however said the Ministry would take the necessary steps to institute measures including security, to take over the facility as officially scheduled.
He said the government was in the process of instituting an interim governing council to see to the smooth take-off of the university while work on the second phase was currently under planning stages.
The siting of the university was without controversy when some people accused the government of attempting to relocate the university to Bunso in the East Akyem Municipality.
However President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo assuaged the fears of the chiefs and people of Somanya during a visit to the area to inspect progress of work.