University Of Ghana Inaugurates Hostel, Alumni Centre

    Elizabeth Frances Sey Hall, Courtesy

    The University of Ghana,Legon has inaugurated five facilities geared towards improving teaching and learning within the university.

    The facilities are a 1,800-bed hostel facility, an alumni centre, Physics and Chemistry laboratories and a green house.

    The hostel facility named after the President of the Third Republic, Dr Hilla Limann, is part of the 7,000-bed hostels project being constructed by a consortium of six banks led by the Cal Bank.

    The other banks are Fidelity Bank, SG-SSB Bank, Ecobank, Agricultural Development Bank and the International Bank.

    Berock Ventures Limited, a construction company, undertook the 1,800 hostel project.

    Speaking at a ceremony to inaugurate the facilities, the outgoing Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Prof. C.N.B Tagoe, said in 2006/2007 the university decided to engage the banks to put up 7,000-bed hostel facilities consisting of four 1,600-bed blocks, three 240-bed block and a commercial centre.

    The three 240-bed blocks, he said, had been completed while three out of the four 1,600-bed hostels would be ready by the beginning of November this year.

    “The problem of acute shortage of student residential accommodation which drove the university to embark on the project in the first place may not go away but we do know that after the ceremony the university’s stock of sleeping places for students will go up by 1,700 and further by 5,300 after November 2010 when the three other blocks will be completed,” he said.

    Prof. Tagoe said “of the initial estimated cost of GH¢ 31.6 million, debt alone was to account for GH¢ 26 million as against GH¢ 5.6 million for equity, and this was to be obtained from the money marketed through commercial bank syndication”.

    The Managing Director of Cal Bank Limited, Mr Frank Adu Jr, said over the last 20 years, the university had witnessed a dramatic growth in student population.

    That, he said, necessitated bold strategies that would ensure sustainable solutions, adding that in 2006 the university, through the University of Ghana Enterprise Limited, engaged the consortium of six banks to fund GH¢ 26 million for the development of hostel facilities to meet the demand.

    Subsequently, he said, Cal Bank “has arranged another GH¢ 17 million with contributions from only Cal Bank and ADB to make what we see … a reality”.

    The Project Manager, Prof. Ralph Mills-Tettey, said the completion of the seven hostel projects would bring the housing project for students to 7,800, with the overall cost being GH¢ 50 million, including infrastructure, services and furnishing.

    During a tour of the hostel project , the Deputy Managing Director in charge of Operations of Berock Ventures Limited, Mr Courage Ken Dogbegah, said the company had been able to deliver according to expectations.

    In a related development, Prof. Tagoe has inaguarated two newly constructed facilities at the Accra City Campus of the University of Ghana.

    The facilities are a three-storey library complex and a four-storey block for lectures and offices which were constructed through internally-generated funds of the university.

    Prof. Tagoe said plans were far advanced to construct a four-storey commercial block which would house banks, bookshops, internet facilities, a restaurant and a conference facility.

    These are in addition to a four-storey lecture block and a four-storey lecture theatre with offices.

    Prof. Tagoe said Accra City Campus of the University of Ghana would be transformed into a modern teaching and learning centre with its own lecturers and faculty, thereby enabling it to undertake Master’s degree programmes.

    Consequently, steps are being taken to engage lecturers who would be dedicated to the City Campus.

    The Pro Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Prof. Kwesi Yankah, said the projects would go a long way to improve teaching and learning.

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